The PLEA: Reconsidering A Modest Proposal

The PLEA: Reconsidering A Modest Proposal

Sources and Resources

PLEA learning resources explain how to create and change laws. Find them and order your copies at

The PLEA: Direct Democracy

How can referendums and plebiscites be used to change laws?

The PLEA: Revolution

What happens when people reject oppression?

Municipalities Matter

What do municipal governments do and how can you influence them?

The PLEA: Democracy and the Rule of Law

How does democracy support the rule of law and how does the rule of law support democracy?

Here are just a few of the sources used to create this issue of The PLEA. Find them online or at your public library.

Bartlett, T. (2010). Ireland: A History. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Campbell, K. L. (2014). Ireland’s History: Prehistory to the Present. London: Bloomsbury.

Damrosch, L. (2014, May 14). Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World. Kansas City Public Library public lecture.

M. Bragg (Host). Swift’s A Modest Proposal. In Our Time. London: BBC Radio4.

Lockwood, T. (2014, October 28). Is Eating Babies Really So Terrible? The Dark Genius of Jonathan Swift. Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities, University of Washington.

O’Toole. Fintan. (2010). Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger. London: Faber and Faber, Ltd.

Phiddian, R. (1996). Have you eaten yet? The reader in A Modest Proposal. Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, 36(3), 603-621.

Phiddian, R. (1996). Political arithmetick: accounting for irony in Swift’s A Modest Proposal. Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, 9(5), 71-83.

Krugman, P. (2010, November 25). Eating the Irish. The New York Times.

Gilens, M. and Page, B.I. (2014). Testing theories of American politics: Elites, interest groups, and average citizens. Perspectives on Politics, 12(3), 564-581.

Silberstein, S.M. (Producer) & Kornbluth, J. (Director). (2013). Inequality for All [Documentary Motion Picture]. United States: The Weinstein Company.

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