Malthus, Thomas R.

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Thomas R., English statistician and clergyman, 1766-1834.
malthusianism - the theory that the world's population will outgrow the food supply.
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(13.) Mohan Rao, 'An Imagined Reality: Malthusianism, Neo-Malthusianism and Population Myth', Economic and Political Weekly, 29:5, January 29, 1994, PE40-PE52, pPE49.
But Malthusianism is nothing if not pessimism, and pessimism pervades the green movement, and Weisman rejects it.
It indicates that Rwanda is likely to be undergoing a type of demographic transition that in Latin America and Asia is called "poverty Malthusianism" Its fertility decline does not depend on socioeconomic development, but is induced by poverty and a lack of income-generating activities.
With respect to Malthusianism, the argument is straightforward.
That leaves us with a choice between Malthusianism and the blithe social optimism Malthus opposed.
Malthusianism applied to the North runs rampant in proslavery thought, but when it came to the South, the racial defense of slavery overrode all other arguments.
Demands of Adam Smith and his ilk toward the end of the 18th century for stable institutions, well-defined property rights, low inflation, low taxes, free markets, and avoidance of war could have made no difference to living standards in the Malthusianism period which continued up to 1800 or could even have lowered such living standards by increasing population.
The energy scarcity section begins with a chapter ("Malthusianism") that treats Malthus, William Stanley Jevons and his son, and a 1909 U.S.
The drop in birth rates in Mexico is not only due to traditional indicators, such as family planning campaigns, women's educational level or the entry of women into the labor market, but it is also a perverse effect of the crisis (the Malthusianism of poverty).
Malthusianism: Thomas Malthus, an 18th century English cleric, believed that because population grew in geometric progression and food production followed arithmetic progression, there would come a time when population growth would inevitably outstrip a country's food production and starvation would result.
propose, their general argument against Malthusianism can be confirmed by using quite different data and methods from theirs.
In a type of perverted Malthusianism, the market creates artificial desires faster than the planet's ecosystems can sustain them.