Population Fallacies

Population Fallacies

Population Fallacies

Population Fallacies

Excerpt

This book has had a somewhat chequered career. I started writing a book called The Population Challenge in 1965, but this grew and grew until, by about 1968, it became clear that there was already enough material for two books, perhaps even more, and the problems of determining the planes of cleavage and orders of priority became urgent. However, with the kind help of the late Hector Hawton, then Managing Director of the Pemberton Publishing Company, and not a little heartburn, these were solved. After some reworking and rounding off, the most important of my population fallacies, that of individual liberty, was published in 1971 under the tide Population Versus Liberty.

I then set to work to collect, update, rewrite and amplify all of the material which had been laid aside, this process being greatly helped by a year's sabbatical leave from Brunel University (hence my Dedication) which was spent at our quiet Buckinghamshire home.

After twelve months of peaceful retreat had produced a longish book, the rapidly worsening economic climate constrained my publisher to plead for a shortish book instead, so that a good deal of delicate and somewhat traumatic filleting was needed before the reduced manuscript could be handed over in the spring of 1973.

By this time the Pemberton Publishing Company was in a turmoil of reorganization, finally leading to a partnership with Elek Books, which was further complicated by staff turnover. Delays mounted, so that only in the summer of 1976 did I correct the proofs and write this Preface. During the long years of waiting, a crisis of conscience developed about whether the book should be published at all, but as there had been some opportunity for updating tables and so forth, and the arguments had been designed to be as near universally valid as . . .

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