T. Robert Malthus
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Some short takes:
I do not understand why Malthus
is not given more space in social theory books. . . He did not claim that
population would soon outstrip its resources and that society would collapse.
. . His essay merely points out that our ability to produce children will
always outstrip our ability to provide energy for their survival, and because
of this simple fact, we can never achieve the "great society" anticipated
by his contemporaries. . . .Note Malthus' reliance on empirical data in
supporting his arguments. . . Population must be kept in line with what
the society can produce in the way of sustenance, and every way available
to keep this population in check (including birth control) has negative
consequences for society (which prevents "any great future improvement").
. . Malthus' basic insight had a significant impact on Darwin, Wallace,
and Spencer in their development of evolutionary theory.
In his own words:
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