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A Modest Proposal: A Plan for the Golden Years

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In a scathingly funny update of Jonathan Swift's greatest satire, one of France's leading philosophers observes that modern society is burdened by numerous questions of care for the elderly. How to pay for their staggering medical bills? How to ensure their ethical treatment? How to simply house them all? It's more than the resources of our culture can handle, says Rgis Debray-and it's making life difficult for everyone else. So, he makes a "modest proposal": What if we just got rid of them all?

In the grand tradition of wicked satires of Swift, Voltaire, Moliere, and Orwell, Debray outlines a plan so devilish and absurd the only response is laughter. Tongue planted firmly in cheek, he declares an end to all the world's problems if we would only do this one little thing . . . that a corrupt culture may essentially be doing already anyway.

Synopsis:

In this scathingly funny satire, one of Frances leading philosophers observes that modern society is burdened by numerous questions of how to care for the elderly. How to pay for their staggering medical bills? How to ensure their conscientious treatment? How to simply house them all? Its more than the resources of our culture can handle, says Régis Debray—and its making life difficult for everyone else. So, he makes a “modest proposal”….

In the great tradition of the irreverent satires of Jonathan Swift, Debray outlines a plan so devilish and absurd that the only response is laughter. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, he declares an end to all the worlds problems if we would only do this one little thing—something a corrupt culture may already be doing anyway.

About the Author

French philosopher Régis Debray, author of the classic rebel primer Revolution in the Revolution, first gained fame when he was captured with Che Guevara in 1967, and was only released after the intervention of Charles de Gaulle. He subsequently was an advisor to the French President Francois Mitterand, and has written numerous books on philosophy, politics, and art criticism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933633039
Subtitle:
A Plan for the Golden Years
Publisher:
Melville House
Translator:
Mehlman, Jeffrey
Author:
Mehlman, Jeffrey
Author:
Debray, Regis
Author:
Debray, Rgis
Subject:
General
Subject:
Aging
Subject:
Longevity
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Melville Manifestos
Publication Date:
20060501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
100
Dimensions:
6.32x5.12x.30 in. .23 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this scathingly funny satire, one of Frances leading philosophers observes that modern society is burdened by numerous questions of how to care for the elderly. How to pay for their staggering medical bills? How to ensure their conscientious treatment? How to simply house them all? Its more than the resources of our culture can handle, says Régis Debray—and its making life difficult for everyone else. So, he makes a “modest proposal”….

In the great tradition of the irreverent satires of Jonathan Swift, Debray outlines a plan so devilish and absurd that the only response is laughter. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, he declares an end to all the worlds problems if we would only do this one little thing—something a corrupt culture may already be doing anyway.

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