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A Brief History Counting People!

Statistics, you might be surprised to learn, is the science of the state. At heart the whole discipline was born from an effort to count how many people your country had, so you could know how many taxes you could collect / armies you could raise / pyramids you could build.

But the business of counting people has never been... straight forward. Sam Vilkins tells Rod and Will all about it!

Further reading:

Empire of the Census by Ed Burmila

Malthus’ Essay on Population and the American Debate over Slavery, by Dennis Hodgson

 In Donald Trump’s Census, Who Counts? by Emily Bazelon

Trump Can’t Win the War on Demography by William H. Frey

Neil Gorsuch thinks there is nothing unusual about a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Here’s why he’s wrong. By Philip Rocco

What You Need To Know About The 2020 Census by Hansi Lo Wang

See 200 Years of Twists And Turns Of Census Citizenship Questions by Hansi Lo Wang and Renee Klahr