ERIC Number: ED041737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Population Bulletin, Volume 26 Number 2.
Moran, William E., Jr., Ed.
The author suggests that the U.S.A.'s population problem is not a problem in Malthusian terms, where people suffer from famine and pestilence. Instead it is a problem of quality and safety in our physical and social surroundings. Further population increase may increase the discords in our social environment caused by race prejudice, poverty, drug addiction, and crime, or make their reduction more difficult. Population growth contributes to a loss of freedom because the larger, more complex, and more crowded a society is, the more numerous and restrictive are the laws and regulations required for its governance. Today, any attempt to coerce the regulation of family size would be opposed by an overwhelming majority of Americans. A convergence of personal self-interest in economic terms and the broader social interest may bring about a profound change in U.S. attitudes and mores regarding birth control, and this can be accomplished in part by introducing the entire subject of population growth into the curricula of schools and colleges. (BR)
Descriptors: Contraception, Demography, Pesticides, Pollution, Population Growth, Social Problems, Urban Environment, Urbanization
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Authoring Institution: Population Reference Bureau, Inc., Washington, DC.