The Nation: An Immodest Proposal

Although Train's speech implied a need for severe environmental regulatory measures, he said it was not necessary to accept "the dire hypotheses and methods underlying some of the more extreme predictions." A decidedly dire method of population control was advanced last week by the California social welfare board. The board's proposal for reducing illegitimacy in the state smacks ominously of Anthony Burgess's satiric novel The Wanting Seed, in which phony wars, homosexuality and cannibalism were officially encouraged as antidotes to overpopulation.

Specifically, the board suggested that: 1) a mother who bears a third illegitimate child should be deemed "morally depraved" and required...

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