755. Harrod to Joan Robinson , 27 January 1938 [a]

[Follows on from 753 , answered by 760 ]

Christ Church, Oxford #

27 January 1938

My dear Joan

None of my letters on this subject contain any contradictions!

You seize upon the point of my wanting a lot of (I should say a few) British. The reference to British is of trifling importance. I feel that the age of reason is at its last gasp and I want that to survive. Not of course that there isnt plenty of irrationality in our society. But I shudder to think what will come of Nature being allowed to make an adjustment of wholesale importance by Natural Selection. It can be nothing short of a very Dark Age and we dont know nearly enough to know that civilization will ever flicker up again.

But I am expressing my views at length for the Political Quarterly and I shall say no more till that appears. [1]



  1. 1. Harrod, "Population and the Future" ( 1938:7 ). The correspondence was indeed resumed only in March, when Harrod sent Joan Robinson the proofs of his article: letter 760 .
    1. a. ALS, two pages on one leaf, in JVR vii/191/37-38.

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