Sunday, March 28, 2021

Britain Over-Populated in 1927

 What’s new with the over-population argument and its proponents. Very little as this Socialist Standard article from 1927 suggests.

A pamphlet presents the case for reducing Britain’s population so to increase its prosperity. It is not only familiar to modern ears but is accompanied by all the usual fallacies. R. B. Kerr, the pamphlet’s author, ignores the enormous inequality of wealth existing within every nation, whether thickly or thinly populated.  He blames over-population as the cause of modern wars.  Kerr dismisses the Socialist Party’s  contention that nature is sufficiently bountiful for our needs.

There obviously can be problems with population densities, but the problem of working peoples’ poverty is not one of these. 

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