Are you familiar with Jonathan Swift’s classic 18th Century treatise in which he satirically proposes that we feast on poor children in order to help alleviate poverty? His fictional theorist argues unironically, all but persuading us that his modest proposal is indeed inarguable.
The full title of Swift’s pamphlet is “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burthen to their Parents, or the Country, and for Making them Beneficial to the Publick.” The tract is an ironically conceived attempt to “find out a fair, cheap, and easy Method” for converting the starving children of Ireland into “sound and useful members of the Commonwealth.” Across the country poor children, predominantly Catholics, are living in squalor because their families are too poor to keep them fed and clothed.
The author argues, by hard-edged economic reasoning as well as from a self-righteous moral stance, for a way to turn this problem into its own solution. His proposal, in effect, is to fatten up these undernourished children and feed them to Ireland’s rich land-owners. Children of the poor could be sold into a meat market at the age of one, he argues, thus combating overpopulation and unemployment, sparing families the expense of child-bearing while providing them with a little extra income, improving the culinary experience of the wealthy, and contributing to the overall economic well-being of the nation.
An inhuman, monstrous satire which illustrates that the objective remedies to complicated situations are possible if we ignore the instinctual protective mercy we possess for our most helpless: children.
And speaking of sacrificing children unironically for the greater good, Moderna has submitted its own Swiftian contribution to the horror show.
I’ve said, more than a few times, that I have no problem if adults choose to inject themselves with the mRNA vaccines; they are adults and have the right to make a choice that may affect their health and well-being in a few years or decades. When it comes to children’s futures, they don’t have a say in the matter, but some parents, with the deranged complicity of pharmaceuticals, are weirdly willing to donate their offspring to the piercing curiosities of science.
Moderna said Monday it plans to expand the size of its COVID-19 vaccine study in younger children to better detect rare side effects, such as a type of heart inflammation recently flagged by U.S. health authorities.
The company said it is in talks with the Food and Drug Administration to enroll more study participants under age 12. It had intended to test the vaccine in about 7,000 children, with some as young as 6 months. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company said via email it hasn’t decided on how many kids might be added.
The FDA said in a statement it could not comment on its discussions with companies, but added “we do generally work with sponsors to ensure the number of participants in clinical trials are of adequate size to detect safety signals.”
The news was first reported by the New York Times.
U.S. officials and independent medical experts said last month the benefits of the vaccines far outweigh the risks of the side effect, which has been reported in several hundred people younger than 30. But any vaccine safety issues could slow uptake, particularly among parents wary of taking any health risk with their children.
Currently, Pfizer has the only U.S. vaccine authorized for children 12 years and up, while Moderna is expecting an FDA ruling on its application in the coming days.
What are the long-term effects of mRNA vaccines?
When weighing the Vegas chances of severe COVID illness in healthy children against the unknown long-term effects of genetic meddling with their impressionable genetic system, is this a wise risk? Especially when one considers that vaccination is not a guarantee to prevent spread of the virus. The nascent state of a child’s DNA seems vulnerable to the mysterious and experimental intrusion of genetic hacking, even if it is only spike proteins.
That is a Moderna Proposal. Making children beneficial to the corporate coffers.