(a) The feeling of expansion when brought up against geographical barriers acts blindly in the direction of conflict, whether in colonial rivalry or territorial "swarming"'. (b) The lowering of social conditions due to over-population makes people long for a change of any kind, and at any price. They may not consciously desire war, but their resistance to the powerful interests which flourish on war is weakened in a dangerous degree.And to all the advantages which would accrue to any given nation, only one argument worth considering is ever opposed, namely, that the maintenance of a high birth-rate is a military necessity since other nations will not adopt the same policy. In every belligerent nation today, whatever its alliances or position, this objection is urged by the reactionaries within that nation. In England all attention is concentrated on Germany with the assumption that Germany is unaffected by a similar movement. Hence a careful examination of the condition of public opinion in Germany is one of the moat vital needs of the present situation.
(i) The standpoint of women,
(ii) The economic argument, with special reference to Malthus,
(iii) The position of Germany.
. . . (more) . . . 14 pages.. . . the brilliant apostle of Gestalt in the whole three volumes, and he is due back in America this week. A sentence has gone astray at I-1010d, complete should be incomplete at III-915c, and Pragmatistism Pragmatism at III-206c. I also note that Mr Bernard Shaw is made to attribute war "on a scale which threatens not only civilisation but human existence" to the "nobility" of capital. This rivals the famous printer's error, Hotario Bottomley, who does not get in even as Horatio, though he is now at large again.
|Notes on Contributors||vii|
|PART A :||INTRODUCTORY||1|
|PART B : OGDEN AS EDITOR AND POLYMATH||12|
|PART C : THE INVENTION OF BASIC ENGLISH||133|
|PART D : EXAMPLES OF BASIC ENGLISH||177|
|PART E : C. K. OGDEN AS AUTHOR||187|
|Fecundity vs. Civilization||189|
|Encyclopaedia Britannica top||192|
|PART F : C. K. OGDEN : A PLEA FOR REASSESSMENT||187|
|Appendix -- List of books edited by Ogden||245|