Swift’s Economics

Organised by St Patrick’s Cathedral, there will be a symposium on the economics contribution of Jonathan Swift on October 16th: more details here.

The Annual Service in commemoration of Swift is on Sunday 17th October at 15.15, at which Dr. Don Thornhill (Chairman of the Competitiveness Council  etc) will give an address.

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A Modest Proposal


The aesthetic turn in Irish economics turns on the serfs !

For Preventing The Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being A burden to Their Parents or Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to The Public

By Jonathan Swift (1729)

From ‘Lines on the Death of Dr Swift’:
“He gave the little wealth he had
To build a house for fools and mad
and showed with one satiric touch
no nation needed it as much”

I presume the Drapier affair – when Swift was national hero in the face of a ghastly plot to steal our wealth from under our noses by corrupt cronies too close to those in power – will surely loom large!

If any talks or slides are available from the day, perhaps someone could post them here, as I’ll miss the talk.

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