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 (măl′thəs), Thomas Robert 1766-1834.
British economist who wrote An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798), arguing that population tends to increase faster than food supply, with inevitably disastrous results, unless the increase in population is checked by moral restraints or by war, famine, and disease.

Mal·thu′sian (-tho͞o′zhən, -zē-ən) adj. & n.
Mal·thu′sian·ism n.


(Biography) Thomas Robert. 1766–1834, English economist. He propounded his population theory in An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798)


(ˈmæl θəs)

Thomas Robert, 1766–1834, English economist.
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At home Malthusians worried about the over-breeding of the lower classes while eugenicists bewailed the decline of the fertility of the "fit.
To those who put limits on growth the authors' answer is: "the same process of technological advancement that undermined Malthus' dire prediction about population growth may be able to quiet the concerns of modern day Malthusians who worry about disappearing energy".
The chapter by Robert Bedeski demonstrates the dilemma of neo-Malthusians; they fail to adduce consistent empirical evidence to affirm the Malthusian theory and also to acknowledge that human population is a resource.
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It gives the anti-Malthusians the chance to say again and again `I told you so,' and to relegate the Malthusians to the level of the soap box and the religious fanatic carrying the placard "The End is Near.
He took the view neither of Malthusians, who felt that population would grow until it faced a binding resource constraint in the form of a limited food supply, nor of anti-Malthusians such as Esther Boserup,(21) who felt that though increasing population density may lead to pressure in the form of shortage, these shortages would lead to the development of better techniques rather than to a cessation in population growth.
Advances in extraction technologies appear to have delayed that day of reckoning, and given Cornucopians plenty of ammunition for bashing their longtime adversaries, the Malthusians.
Accordingly, beginning in the 1920s, feminists made common cause with Malthusians to launch the family planning movement.