Thursday, February 14, 2008

Kate McMillan's "Modest Proposal"

Yes, because there's nothing like mass starvation to cure a "whiny nation" of its insufferable (presumably "liberal") nannyism.

It's perhaps ironic that Swift's "Modest Proposal" was aimed at the theories and attitudes which rendered the Irish famine possible, whereas MacMillan is proposing a famine to combat the crushing "weight of regulation, litigation and personal entitlement" that's presumably being felt to oppressively infringe upon her own individual prerogatives. On the whole, it's a thoroughly mean-spirited and self-serving bit of rhetoric, but pretty much what one would expect of someone who regards the Holocaust as the stuff of comedy.

Pictured above: "that continent-wide parade of dysfunction known as 'Africa.'"