James William Johnson argues that a modest proposal was largely influenced and inspired by Tertullian`s apology: a satirical attack on the early Roman persecution of Christianity. Johnson thinks Swift saw great similarities between the two situations.  Johnson notes Swift`s obvious affinity for Tertullian and the bold stylistic and structural similarities between the works of A Modest Proposal and Apology.  In the structure, Johnson evokes the same central theme, that of cannibalism and the food of babies, as well as the same argument that “human depravity is such that men will try to justify their own cruelty by blaming their victims for being inferior to man.”  Stylistically, Swift and Tertullian share the same knowledge of sarcasm and language.  In agreement with Johnson, Donald C. Baker points to the similarity between the sounds of the authors and the use of irony. Baker realizes how ironic “property justification” the two authors imply on the theme of child sacrifice – Tertullian, as he attacks pagan parents, and Swift as they tackle the English mistreatment of the poor Irish.  In the tradition of Roman satire, Swift introduced the reforms he actually proposed through parlipsis: a modest proposition appeared in many literature courses as an example of modern Western satire. It also serves as an introduction to the concept and use of argumentative language and provides secondary and post-secondary testing courses.
Outside the field of English, A Modest Proposal is included in many comparative and global literature and history courses, as well as in many other disciplines of the arts, humanities and even social sciences. In English writing, the term “a modest proposition” is now conventionally an allusion to this linear satire style. Critics disagree on Swift`s intentions to use this philosophy of false-maths. Edmund Wilson asserts that statistically, “the logic of the “Modest Proposal” can be compared to the defense of crimes (arrogated to Marx), in which he asserts that crime deals with the superfluous population.”  Wittkowsky replies that Swift`s satirical use of statistical analysis is an attempt to amplify her satire that “springs from a spirit of bitter derision, not from the joy of calculations for herself.”  John Locke commented: “So, as Sir Robert says, it was customary for men to sell and castrate their children. Let them expose them, If you wish, because it is even greater that they eat for their tables and eat them: If it is a right to do so, we can, by the same argument, just adultery, incest and sodomy, for there are examples of this too, old and modern; The sins that probably have the principle of aggravation of what they exceed the main intention of nature, the increase of humanity, and the pursuit of the species in the greatest perfection, and the distinction of families, with the safety of the marital bed, as necessary.” (First article, at para. 59). A modest video game proposal is the title of an open letter sent by activist and former lawyer Jack Thompson on October 10, 2005. He suggested that someone “create, manufacture, distribute and sell a video game” that would allow players to play a scenario in which the game character kills video game developers.  Louis A.