C.V. Gerritsen and the Formation of the Nieuw-Malthusiaansche Bond
Van Houten's ideas made enough impression to inspire the formation of an organization among his followers. Prominent among them was another young radical politician, Carel Victor Gerritsen (1850-1905). With B.H. Heldt and J. Smit he founded the Nieuw-Malthusiaansche Bond (NMB) in 1881. Initially it took much of its programme from the Malthusian League of Charles R. Drysdale. In the first years of its existence activities were limited to a careful and strictly theoretical exposition of this programme.