744. Joan Robinson to Harrod , 20 January [1938] [a]

[Replies to 741 , answered by 747 ]

3 Trumpington Street, Cambridge

20 January [1938] [1]

My dear Roy

There must have been a misprint in my last letter. What I mean is:--if extinction is inevitable your campaign is pointless. If, on the other hand it is possible, by means of which you approve, to raise the reproduction rate to be above unity, extinction need not be feared, and we can welcome a large decline in population, keeping the means in reserve.

If however extinction can only be avoided by means of which you do not approve ("persecution") a campaign to allay, not to excite, panic is indicated.

Yours sincerely

Joan Robinson

  1. 1. Year read from postmark.
    1. a. ALS, two pages on one leaf, with envelope addressed to Christ Church, in HPBL Add. 72737/6-7. Reproduced by kind permission of the Provost and Scholars, King's College, Cambridge.

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