CORA A. DU BOIS
Zemurray-Stone-Radcliffe Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University.
I HAVE BEEN steadily misrepresented. It began last January when Dr. Greep persuaded me against my better judgment to undertake this task. I assured Dr. Greep at the time that I know nothing about population growth. That was last January and I'm afraid the situation hasn't changed. Also, I am discovering that there are both rewards and hazards in being the last speaker on the program. Out of my ignorance I prepared an argument which I shall develop in a moment but during these sessions I have been greatly gratified to find some of the arguments that I developed in vacuo being sustained by my distinguished predecessors on this program. That is a consolation to me but on the other hand much that I may say at this late point will seem repetitious.
I am engaged in what may seem a presumptuous line of reasoning that leads to a possible strategy of population control. You understand, of course, that this is purely an armchair enterprise to which I shall be happy to have your more practical and informed reactions.
Let us begin, not with one cliché but two: "the population explosion" and "the revolution of rising expectations."