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A 21st Century Modest Proposal

Samuel Faktorow | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Samuel Faktorow

I propose that we ban all heterosexual marriages, defined as being the union of only one man and only one woman, and legalize homosexual marriage, defined as being the union of either only two men or only two women.

A Modest Proposal to Restore Constitutional Government

Carl Pope | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Carl Pope

While the Tea Party may display the Constitution at their rallies, their movement and their current strategy in Congress are at their heart fundamentally anti-Constitutionalist and anti-Madisonian.

A Modest Proposal to the NRA

Zach Hindin | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Zach Hindin

No doubt, these are high aims to shoot for. But I believe, with steady hands and hearts full of prayer, we can hit our target right between the eyes.  And after all, isn't that what gun control is all about?

'The Lives They Lived'

David Sable | Posted 03.02.2013 | Media
David Sable

No matter where you are in the world you will recognize many, if not all of the subjects chosen, and if you are like me, you will come away stirred by those with great accomplishments; moved by those whose lives were cut off too short and motivated by what can be accomplished.

A Two Party System for World Politics

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 11.23.2012 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

Looking forward to the day when the far right nightmare of a global social order looms larger on the horizon of the possible than it does now -- here's a modest proposal for how world politics might be organized during the transition.

England Has Poetry Police?

John Lundberg | Posted 09.21.2012 | Home
John Lundberg

How scathing are Swift's poems? Not so scathing, really. In one example, he took Bolton's manager to task in rhyming couplets of something like iambic heptameter, also known as "fourteeners."

Have You Heard Oe Me?

Posted 06.06.2012 | Sports

Have you heard of this guy, Jonathan Quick? He's the goaltender of the Los Angeles Kings. You know? That team on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup?...

"If I Were the Devil"

Holly Munson | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Holly Munson

Satire is an important form of political commentary. The problem is that when someone equates a particular policy position with The Destruction of America As We Know It, they disregard the fact that reasonable people can disagree.

St. Vincent's Latest Pays Homage To 'Gulliver's Travels'

Posted 02.07.2012 | Home

If Jonathan Swift is looking down at us from a Gulliver-like POV, he'd be pleased to know his classic tale is still getting nods in pop culture today....

Take Our Children, Please!

Steve Fraser | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Steve Fraser

In 1729, Jonathan Swift's idea was simple: the starving Irish should sell their own children to the rich as food. I want to suggest that we put in motion a similar undertaking. The basic idea is that we offer ourselves up as a sacrifice to the bond markets.

Jane Austen Takes No Prisoners

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.19.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Austen excelled at wielding the skewer. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is an obvious example in Pride and Prejudice. But the book holds worse.

A "Modest Proposal" to Fix U.S. Debt: America, Let's Walk Away

Jeff Reeves | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics
Jeff Reeves

It is sad day when hardworking, undercompensated CEOs and money managers must see a bloated government gouge us with outrageous taxes -- and then throw away all our hard-earned money.

What Would Jonathan Swift Think of Jack Black's Gulliver?

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Danny Groner

When director Rob Letterman took certain liberties in updating the tale to click with a younger, modern audience, did he stray too far from the original Swift story?

An Immodest Proposal

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'd like to offer a proposal that everyone should have to fly naked. Immediately ban all clothing of any kind from all flights, in order to reach a one-hundred percent rate of security against clothing bombs.

Unfilmable Books

The Huffington Post | Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Books and movies have gone hand-in-hand since Hollywood's very beginnings. Some of its greatest triumphs--"The Godfather," "Gone With The Wind," "The ...

The Celtic Tiger, Declawed and Defanged

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Winship

Last year, when I spoke with David Kavanagh, the running joke was that the difference between Ireland and Iceland was one letter and six weeks. In 2009, the economy sank 7.1 percent. And as in the US, citizen anger has been vehement and vocal.

Today In History: John Winthrop

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts, used the metaphor City on a Hill." He advised the colonists to be a model community, as the whole world was watching them. Even when they showered. Especially when they showered.

A Domestic Proposal: No More Babies

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Gregory

Senator Jon Kyl made headlines recently by proposing that maternity care shouldn't be covered by health insurance because he didn't need it. When S...

Super Poems: Other Comic Books Inspired by Verse

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

In a plot line inspired by Robert Frost's poem "Road Not Taken," fictional character Archie Andrews has already proposed to Veronica and will propose to Betty next month. I wonder what it would be like if other comics were inspired by poems...

The Best Medicine

Caroline Hirsch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Caroline Hirsch

As the economy collapses and political scandals keep flaring up like bad rashes, where should America turn for answers? What's going to keep us from falling apart? The answer: laughter.