Modest Proposal on the Basis of that of Jonathan Swifts

Reckless and greedy methods of garnering short-term profit have led to a catastrophic crash in the stock markets and attendant impairments to the broader economy. But there is nothing inevitable about these outcomes. Such cycles of boom and bust in capitalist market economies are by no means laws of nature. To the contrary, they are totally man-made. They are specially designed and promulgated by the ruling elites of this country – the top one-tenth of the top one per cent of the population. This narrow profit motive and lack of concern for the greater common good has accelerated the process of deterioration of the environment. I am highly indignant about the nature of our economic system and the ethos of the political class that abets unjust practices. I am also restless to think of alternatives to the system, which we have tolerated and been complicit with for too long. As a symbol of my disillusionment with the both our lawmakers and business leaders, I have come to believe that the only meaningful change has to be propelled from below, meaning that they originate from the masses. Hence, I shall propose a novel change to our social norms which would greatly reduce the risk of economic and social crises in the future.

I hereby propose that the youth of the country abstain from all sexual activity till the age of 25! I am sorry fellow students – I know how impossible a task this is for most of you! But being disciplined sexually during our teens and early adulthood will lead to great benefits for the economy, culture and beyond. I’ll explain how. At a time when the nation is going through the economic slowdown, a measure of austerity needs to be followed. And there is nothing austere about activities like dating, romance and sex. In fact, these are luxuries even during a boom period for the economy, let alone during a crisis. For boys and young men, keeping their girlfriends happy and satisfied is a costly business.&nbsp.