The Problem of Population

The Problem of Population

The Problem of Population

The Problem of Population

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The purpose of this book is to consider the problem of population from the point of view of its influence on the well-being of mankind. It is a problem from which man cannot escape. It affects the health and happiness of individual families; it affects the prosperity and social progress of nations; it affects the peace of the whole world. If births succeed one another too rapidly, the health of the mother suffers, the children cannot be sufficiently well cared for, and the father's income will not suffice for the proper upbringing of all. Every gardener knows that if seeds are sown too thickly, the resulting plants will be poor in quality. So with the production of human beings, unless successive births are adequately spaced and the total number in each family restricted to the available means of maintenance, there will necessarily be a low standard of health and happiness, both for parents and for offspring.

Nor can these consequences be for long evaded by substituting the benevolence of the State for the responsibility of the parent. The more lavish the . . .

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