Ricardo, following Malthus
, considered none but a predatory relationship between men and their environment.
In contrast to these timeless greats, Thomas Malthus
is now little more than an arcane historical footnote, not widely studied yet regularly panned by the economic establishment.
Political Descent argues that Thomas Malthus
, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, and especially Darwin himself, were well aware of the political, moral, and social implications of evolutionary theory.
Acknowledging these issues, Bourne points out that "even the geopolitical and national security concerns that drove the first green revolution haven't gone away, while the environmental damage to soil, water, forests, and climate has only grown more dire," noting that "crop yields are now experiencing the classic pressure of diminishing returns that Malthus
articulated two centuries ago and that Borlaug himself predicted, while demand for grain from population growth, meat-heavy diets, and biofuels is keeping food prices near record levels and spawning political instability in the poorest countries on the planet.
The most prominent economist of the time by far was Malthus
, and it is no wonder that it was two of Malthus
's pamphlets, (7) not Ricardo's or any others, to be reviewed (respectfully but not favourably, however) in the February 1815 Edinburgh Review (8) by David Buchanan (9) (see Houghton 1988: 453).
In fact, Malthus
put forward an interesting recommendation for reducing the human population in a statement shown in King's documentary:
Unfortunately, as I look at the evidence I think the Reverend Malthus
The necessity of human numbers to conform to the environment and how this may be achieved has been argued since Malthus
propounded his theory.
When I was taking my doctorate in the early 1960s, for a short period it seemed that Malthus
was right, especially as regards India where increases in grain production did not keep pace with population growth.
According to him, Malthus
is still right when it comes to food.
Existing conditions will be Malthus
angepasst to current plans security requirements and, at the sametime, current building and occupational safety requirements will be Applied.
In chapter five he covers Malthus
complemented with a discussion of eugenics.
The greatest failure came when the Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus
wrote that essay claiming that the end was nigh when it came to the ultimate results of human population growth.
I BEGIN WITH A REMARK OF HAZLITT, WHO IN THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE glossed an aspect of what we might call The Malthus
Meme: "There is this to be said for Mr.
Ever since Thomas Malthus
published "An Essay on the Principle of Population" in 1798, positing incorrectly that humans' proclivity for procreation would exhaust the global food supply within a matter of decades, population growth has been a hot button issue among those contemplating humankind's future.