@RxF and everybody else who thinks I am an idiot:
Yes, I know that Swift was writing satire. My mother was an English teacher. I was engaged in satire too, but apparently many of you do not understand satire unless your English teacher underlines it for you.
RxF claimed that George Bernard Shaw was a supporter of Hitler, Mussolini and mass murder. I was making an absurd accusation against Swift, to imply that RxF's claim about Shaw was equally absurd, that Shaw's supposed support of evil was misunderstood, in the same way that Swift's support of eating poor children was often misunderstood (at the time it was published, many wrote to protest it, and to this day many English students don't get the joke).
The accusation against Shaw is widespread, so I can't blame RxF for coming across it in the clogosphere. Shaw's supporters claim that his supposed support of Hitler, Mussolini and mass murder were taken out of context and deliberately distorted by those with political axes to grind (fascists who claimed Shaw supported them; anti-Socialists who claim that all Socialists are monsters like Shaw; and of course extremists of the left who see fascists and anti-Socialists supporting Shaw and conclude that Shaw must be evil). See, for example:
Have you any idea how far off the mark your post is?
Charitably assuming that you have never read Swift's "A Modest Proposal", I will only say that it is the most savagely ironic works of the 18th century - which is saying something, in the age of Pope, Dryden and Johnson. Reflecting on the havoc wreaked on Ireland by absentee landlords, and the terrible poverty inflicted by the draining of money away from communities that became too desperately poor even to feed themselves, he calculated the cost of eating babies, noting that "I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children."
We call this satire.