Malthus, Thomas Robert

Thomas Robert Malthus was an English cleric and scholar, influential in the field of political economy and drew attention to the relationship of food resources and world population. His ‘An Essay on the Principle of Population’ observed that sooner or later population will be checked by famine and disease. He wrote in opposition to the popular view of 18th-century Europe that saw society as improving and in principle as perfectible He thought that population growth precluded progress towards a utopian society. Malthus placed the longer-term stability of the economy above the short-term expediency. He criticised the Poor Laws and supported the Corn Laws, which introduce a system of taxes on British imports of wheat.

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