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Malthusian Ideas, Used and Abused

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By extension and distortion, the work of Thomas Robert Malthus has been applied to dizzyingly opposing policies and politics.
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Few scholars have been so maligned as Thomas Robert Malthus. Charles Dickens parodied him in Scrooge’s invective, "If they would rather die … they had better do it and leave off the surplus population!"

But in Malthus: The Life and Legacies of an...

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