Malthusian catastrophe


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Malthusian catastrophe

A hypothetical limit on human population espoused by English theologian and scholar Thomas Robert Malthus in his 1798 Essay on the Principle of Population. Malthus believed that humans would eventually reproduce in such excess that they would surpass the limits of food supplies; once they reached this point, some sort of "catastrophe” was inevitable to control the population and human resources.
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Yet instead of Malthusian catastrophe, this rapid growth in Greek population and city dwelling was accompanied by increasing living standards.
His was of a country in the throes of a Malthusian catastrophe. By contrast, mine was of an extremely friendly, stoic people, none of whom I met was malnourished, let alone starving, and all of whom expressed the view that they would, albeit with difficulty, survive food shortages and other problems.
The metanational corporations have presided over wars, ecological disaster, and a threatening Malthusian catastrophe. As far as they are concerned, Mars is merely a colony to be ruthlessly exploited, despoiled in the same way that they have despoiled the Earth.