As I write this, Americaís population reportedly has passed the 300 million mark. The most remarkable aspect of this landmark event is how unremarkable it really is.
ďIf I had my way, I would build a lethal chamber as big as the Crystal Palace, with a military band playing softly, and a Cinematograph working brightly, and then Iíd go out in back streets and main streets and bring them all in, all the sick ... the maimed; I would lead them gently, and they would smile me a weary thanks ...Ē
That was D. H. Lawrence daydreaming about population control. He was hardly alone. During the so-called Progressive Era, ďenlightenedĒ social planners were convinced that overpopulation was the gravest problem facing Western society. Thatís why Lawrence gave ďthree cheers for the inventors of poison gas.Ē
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