Some Modest Proposals

  • Philip Bonifacio
Part of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety book series (CJPS)


The great English writer, Jonathan Swift (1965), wrote an essay entitled “A Modest Proposal,” in which he suggested that the Irish could reduce the famine then plaguing their country by eating their young children. The result was, not surprisingly, an uproar against Swift for his sarcasm and indifference toward the suffering of the Irish people. The title of this chapter is borrowed from Swift because the “modest proposals” suggested in this chapter may seem hostile to some.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Bonifacio
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  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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