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Thomas Robert Malthus was born in 1766 in Dorking England just south of London He was the second of eight children His father had worked with Voltaire Rousseau and Hume He was privately educated by his father and by tutors when he was a child When he was eighteen Malthus went to Cambridge which is a Jesuit college Malthus became a curate of England in Albury while at college He took up his parochial duties in 1796 In 1805 he was selected to be the professor of Political Economy at the college at Haileybury which is a college developed for the education of civil servants of the East India Company For pretty much the rest of his life he remained a professor at Haileybury which made him the worlds first academic economists Malthus was also an author He wrote an essay entitled Principle of Population which outlined his views on population and how it affected the economy and general well-being of an area His main theory was that overpopulation is mans greatest obstacle to human progress He believed that population grows faster than food can to feed all the people being born Actual population growth is kept in line with food supply growth by things like postponement of marriage starvation both of which are characterized by misery and vice Actual checked population growth is kept in line with food supply growth by positive checks starvation disease and the like elevating the death rate and preventive checks ie postponement of marriage etc that keep down the birthrate both of which are characterized by misery and vice Malthus believed that people have a tendency to push population above the food supply and because of this tendency it is pointless to try to help people in lower classes by giving them higher incomes and more food because they will keep having children and the incomes cant keep up with this This
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