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Thomas Robert Malthus In Dorking Surrey England Thomas Robert Malthus was born on February 17 1766 He grew up in an elegant country estate called The Rookery and went by his middle name Robert Robert was he son of Daniel Malthus a country squire and friends of Jean-Jacques the philosopher With his fathers teachings of Rousseauvian Robert had the question of society brought upon him at an early age In fact during a debate with his father on the thesis of the supremacy of society Robert resolved to write his opinions and ideas on paper Resulting in his theory of Malthusian population This result came during the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain when the population growth increased so much that people were beginning to fear that the earth wouldnt be able to provide for the vast numbers While the idealists of the day were preaching their faith in man Robert being a realist replied with An Essay on the Principle of Population as it effects the Future Improvement on Society with Remarks on the Speculation of and other Writers in 1798 The essay giving Robert marked attention as a political economist In the work Robert stated his theory the Malthusian population theory In which said that the human race and other populations would increase until nature would cut down population no matter mans inclination The only checks being vice and misery and their agents famine war and disease In the 1803 new edition of this work Robert added moral restraint or abstinence as another check And to help nature in its combat with overproduction lack of resources for the rising population and irresponsibility of the lower classes by regulating poor families produce of children abstinence and no marriage And though some ridiculed and scorned the radical ideas of Thomas Robert Malthus it was still acknowledged as the first earnest economic study of the well being of the lower classes
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