The Friday Freebie is where I share an online, open-access resource that I think readers might find interesting and useful. Each week, I will introduce a free resource that I think will be useful to teh angry Leftists – books, podcasts, web sites, etc. The aim is to compile a toolkit for understanding and advancing progressive ideals.
This week’s freebie is a literary classic – Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”; or, to give its full title, “A Modest Proposal: For preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick.” Many regard Swift’s essay as the greatest work of political satire. It certainly puts to shame some of the so-called satire written by today’s columnists, and it should be read and studied by anyone who wants to use irony and humour to make a political point.
Here are three ways to access Swift’s essay for free:
- The full text is available to read online via Project Gutenberg.
- Have the text delivered in four instalments to your browser, BlackBerry or any other device by e-mail or RSS using DailyLit.
- Download and listen to a free audiobook version of the essay through LibriVox [SPOILER ALERT: the synopsis on this page gives away the nature of Swift’s proposal; you may prefer to avoid reading it and let Swift’s essay speak for itself]
Do you have a tip for future freebies? Contact me with any suggestions or requests.