Malthusian theory


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Malthusian theory

The theory that populations tends to increase faster than the means of their subsistence so that starvation, poverty and misery are inevitable unless populations are controlled by disease, famine, celibacy, ‘vicious practices’ (contraception), infanticide or war. The theory was proposed in An Essay on the Principle of Population, 1798 (Thomas Robert Malthus, 1766–1834, English theorist).
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That's where the Malthusian theory stops, right there.
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