A UTOPIAN FANTASY. Marcia Angell, in a review of Alison Gopnick’s THE GARDENER AND THE CARPENTER in The New York Review of Books (November 10), writes:

“Here is a question: Suppose the upper-middle class and the lower layer of the rich didn’t have children. How would they behave?

Maybe better. Possibly they would pay more attention to the world outside their homes and be more likely to see themselves as active members of a community. They might be more generous toward people less fortunate than themselves.”

There are many kinds of Utopian fantasies. This one is reminiscent of Jonathan Swift.

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