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an English economist who argued that increases in population would outgrow increases in the means of subsistence (1766-1834)

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Climate change is a challenge on a different scale than the threat of running out of resources, which was the previous focus of the debate between the Malthusians and the neo-Malthusians.
By this route, by leading southerners to miscalculate the effects of a prohibition against slavery's geographical expansion, Malthusian population theory, and classical political economy in general, helped push the South to secession and the nation to civil war.
For the Malthusians, the population densities and high growth rates within these densely populated areas have special significance.
37) It seems that Malthusians will be denied any claim of vindication absent evidence of broad-based starvation, which directly serves to reduce the entire world population.
The Malthusian outlook weakened slightly in the second half of the nineteenth century, when the economic mainstream converted from classical to neoclassical economics.
31) But this is not the traditional Malthusian view of overpopulation.
The Malthusians are speaking up: their voice can be heard in calls for a "carbon tax" on families with more than two children, and in proposals for a global "one child" policy.
In the first edition of the Essay (1798), the Malthusian plan seemed rather harsh--abolish the "old" poor laws and let the "principle" of population take control.
In the midst of these dramatic events, an internationally recognized ecologist gave a public lecture at a local ecotourism center in the Sarapiqui, claiming that recent deforestation in the area was due to the inevitable march of Malthusian reality.
Meanwhile, no one, least of all the liberal yanquis, is prepared to fight for the economic and social revolution that would stabilize populations and be the answer to the Malthusians.
Malthusians have always been wrong about pretty much everything, and they still are today.
I rubbed my eyes in disbelief when reading Harvey's charge that I had slipped into Malthusianism by referring to the "Malthusian term overpopulation" - in a litany of environmental problems on the opening page of chapter one of my book - and by "approvingly" quoting the Ehrlichs and other Malthusians at various points in my writing.
In contrast to Malthusians, followers of Henry George are invariably filled with genial optimism.
AM: I think this opposition between a population perspective and women's rights and Malthusians versus a more enlightened perspective is an unnecessary part of the process.
Perhaps looking ahead to a race against A1 Gore, Forbes added a caveat: "But Malthusians never stay down.