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LESSON-1-2
LESSON-3
LESSON-4.1
LESSON-4.2
LESSON-5.1
LESSON-5.2
LESSON-6.1
LESSON-6.2
LESSON-7.1
LESSON-7.2
LESSON-7.3
LESSON-8
LESSON-9
LESSON-10.1
LESSON-10.2
LESSON-11
LESSON-12
LESSON-13.1
LESSON-13.2
LESSON-14
LESSON-15.1
LESSON-15.2
Contraception
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1
CHAPTER-2-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18-19

had time to permeate. On the other hand, of the belligerent peoples of 

today, all indications point to the French as the people most 

intolerant, silently but deeply, of the war they are so ably and 

heroically waging. Yet the France of the present, with the lowest 

birth-rate, was a century ago the France of a birth-rate higher than 

that of Germany today, and at that time the most militarist and 

aggressive of nations, a perpetual menace to Europe." 

 

Finally, let us quote Havelock Ellis once more; he says: "When we 

realize these facts we are also enabled to realize how futile, how 

misplaced and how mischievous it is to raise the cry of 'Race Suicide.' 

It is futile because no outcry can affect a world-wide movement of 

civilization. It is misplaced because the rise and fall of the 

population is not a matter of birth-rate alone, but of the birth-rate 

combined with the death-rate, and while we cannot expect to touch the 

former we can influence the latter. It is mischievous because by 

fighting against a tendency which is not only inevitable but altogether 

beneficial, we blind ourselves to the advance of civilization and risk 

the misdirection of our energies. How far this blindness may be carried 

we see in the false patriotism of those who in the decline of the 

birth-rate, fancy they see the ruin of their own particular country, 

oblivious of the fact that we are concerned with a phenomenon of 

world-wide extension. The whole tendency of civilization is to reduce 

the birth-rate. We may go further, and assert with the distinguished 

German economist, Roscher, that the chief cause of the superiority of a 

highly civilized state over lower stages of civilization is precisely a 

greater degree of forethought and self-control in marriage and 

child-bearing. Instead of talking about Race Suicide, we should do well 

to observe at what an appalling rate, even yet, the population is 

increasing; and we should note that it is everywhere the poorest and 

most primitive countries, and in every country (as in Germany) the 

poorest regions, which show the highest birth-rate." 

 

The same authority says: "One last resort the would-be patriotic 

alarmist seeks when all others fail. He is good enough to admit that a 

general decline in the birth-rate might be beneficial. But, he points 

out, it affects social classes unequally. It is initiated, not by the 

degenerate and unfit, with whom we could well dispense, but by the very 

best classes in the community, the well-to-do and the educated. One is 

inclined to remark, at once, that a social change initiated by its best 


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