The harumphs and none-too-brights who either missed or dismissed the metaphorical/satirical import of The Wolf of Wall Street this week should look to their 18th Century predecessors, writes HE correspondent Dave DuBos. In 1729 Jonathan Swift anonymously published a satirical essay titled “A Modest Proposal.” The piece suggested that poor Irish citizens might ease their economic despair by selling their children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies. DeBos is suggesting that WoWS dissers are “direct descendants of those clueless fools in 1729 England who responded by saying ‘surely Mr Swift does not mean for us to eat the children of the poor!'” Satire now, as then, is for the few who get it.