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    Default Burying Malthus to save Malthusianism

    Burying Malthus to save Malthusianism

    The so-called ‘progressive greens’ challenging the idea that the planet is overpopulated are actually only interested in making Malthusian thinking more palatable and PC.

    by Brendan O’Neill

    ...Over the past 200 years, Malthusianism has continually reinvented itself. It has had to, since so many of its predictions have been contradicted by human experience, in particular the key claim of Malthus’s Essay: that it would be impossible for food production to keep up with population growth. Generations of Malthusians have dealt with this by arguing that some ‘unforeseen development’ has merely provided a ‘temporary respite’ from the fundamental Malthusian dilemma, and while Malthus may have been wrong on some of the facts he was right on the fundamentals. Pearce simply goes one step further, arguing not only that Malthus was wrong on some of the facts but that he was a rotten piece of work with some very dodgy beliefs. Yet although he doesn’t say it out loud, Pearce, too, believes Malthus was right on the fundamentals...more at link

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    Anyone with half a brain can see that the world has become both more populated and wealthier in the past century. Malthus and Ehrlich and Co. were completely and totally wrong.
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    Our current civilization actually faces a more real and much more dangerous threat than the one Malthus imagined. It, ironically, largely stems from the developments that proved Malthus wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Our current civilization actually faces a more real and much more dangerous threat than the one Malthus imagined. It, ironically, largely stems from the developments that proved Malthus wrong.
    Ironically, there's irony on the irony. Since, the danger Malthus imagined, were as real to him then as the dangers we face now are to us. And like there were developments that proved Malthus wrong, there will most likely also be developments that prove you wrong.

    But to top it off with even more irony. Would those developments have been developped, if there was no conscious fear, like the one within Malthus and its population. And the one within you and the current population?

    But I can make it all even more ironic. If the developments lead to a change of this 'conscious fear of the future', it will only continiously evolve, and it stands to reason that there is no cure. Thus, there is no purpose in it all! And we've come full cirlce. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Anyone with half a brain can see that the world has become both more populated and wealthier in the past century. Malthus and Ehrlich and Co. were completely and totally wrong.
    Only if you believe in teleos.

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