Which other five ideas, besides eating children, does Swift suggest in "A Modest Proposal"?

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Swift, wanting to "ensure" that the "commodity" is being used to the fullest, goes on to describe what can be done with remnants of the body.  He suggests that the skin of the child can be used to make leather gloves and/or boots for men and women.  He goes on to say that children of different ages may be used and for different reasons, suggesting that an older boy would be a bit more "gamey", like venison, whereas the young children would be the tender meat.

In contradictory style, Swift proposes a number of ideas to the problem of famine and poverty in his country by suggesting that no one should suggest the following ideas:

1. taxing absentee residents

2. stopping imports

3. rejecting luxury that is needless

4. introducing and supporting temperance

5. learning to love the country

6. putting a spirit of honesty into the shop-keepers

Swift goes at length to say,

Therefore I repeat, let no man talk to me of these and the like expedients, 'till he hath at least some glympse of hope, that there will ever be some hearty and sincere attempt to put them into practice.

We as an audience understand that this list is what he is really proposing, however, and that the outrageous suggestion of eating children in a way to shock the audience into listening and carefully considering reasonably arguments, rather than dismissing them off-hand as Swift himself does.