The Early Years of International Population Assistance: The Striving for Consensus
Historically, the meaning of “the problem of population” has varied according to whatever demographic and political alarms have seized popular attention. From the time of Thomas Malthus, population problems were cast in terms of size, growth, and mechanisms for coping with the increase in numbers. Malthus had his own suggestions about how to stem the rate of growth—ideas that have reappeared in the current emphasis on sexual abstinence. Marx dismissed the whole issue by declaring population to be of little consequence so long as society was organized in a nonexploitative manner—that is, if the main object of the economic system were to be something other than the reduction of “variable capital” (labor costs).
KeywordsFamily Planning Family Planning Service Family Planning Program Rapid Population Growth Ford Foundation
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