1957Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) | Philosopher

You will note if you read about him, that what he says in this quote runs contrary to much of what he says elsewhere. Yet he does say it, you can check it out on Amazon's "search inside" function. I did! - I found it too incompatible with the public image I was being presented by Wikipedia.

I do not pretend that birth control is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing... War... has hitherto been dissappointing in this respect, but perhaps bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could be spread throughout the world once in every generation survivors could procreate freely without making the world too full... The state of affairs might be somewhat unpleasant, but what of that? Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people's... There are three ways of securing a society that shall be stable as regards population. The first is that of birth control, the second that of infanticide or really destructive wars, and the third that of general misery except for a powerful minority...

War has been throughout history, the chief source of social cohesion by providing an external necessity for a society to accept political rule.

Taken from The Impact of Science on Society.

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