Malthus

22 Jan

“[E]pidemics, pestilence and plague advance in terrific array, and sweep off their thousands and ten thousands. Should success be still incomplete, gigantic famine stalks in the rear, and with one mighty blow, levels the population with the food of the world.

Malthus T.R. 1798. An essay on the principle of population

In 1819, the poet Shelley berated Malthus as a priest, calling him “a eunuch and a tyrant”. Marx repeated the lie, adding that Malthus had taken the vow of celibacy. He called him “superficial”, “a professional plagiarist”, “the agent of the landed aristocracy”, “a paid advocate” and “the principal enemy of the people”.

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