POPULATION AIN’T THE PROBLEM, DICK SMITH

Population

“This hysterical clamour about population growth … effectively distracts attention from the political questions, which will constitute the world’s real problems.”

  • The Myth of Over-Population, Colin Clark, Advocate Press, Melbourne, 1973

Colin Clark was a lecturer in Statistics in Cambridge from 1931 to 1938 where he completed three books: “The National Income 1924–31” (1932), “The Economic Position of Great Britain” (jointly with A.C Pigou) (1936) and “National Income and Outlay” (1937). His first book was sent to the publisher Daniel MacMillan with a recommendation from Keynes: “[…] Clark is, I think, a bit of a genius: almost the only economic statistician I have ever met who seems to me quite first-class.”[2]