and the poor were, what they were used to being,
the creators of wealth not, as now they are,
an expensive nuisance.
Letter to Philip, W.H. Auden. 1969.
This echo sounded by the modest proposal from the Tennessee legislators, using school test scores to deny welfare to families with underperforming children. Dickens would not have thought to make a villain so cruel.
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