Did Thomas Malthus suggest euthanasia as a method of dealing with population growth?

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Virginia Lou Profile
Virginia Lou answered

Dear Goaty McSheepson,

No; I doubt that Malthus (1766-1834), a clergyman, would ever have suggested euthanasia. He saw population as limited by war, disease, and famine; and his suggestion for an alternative to that, was a form of moral restraint. Although he viewed birth control as sinful, he thought people could marry later in life, which would lead to fewer children.

He is known primarily as the first economist to propose a systematic theory of population; that population growth happens exponentially, while food supply increases arithmetically. However his work did not include the effects of the Industrial Revolution and many other recent factors.

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/geography/population/revise-it/population-models

http://cgge.aag.org/PopulationandNaturalResources1e/CF_PopNatRes_Jan10/CF_PopNatRes_Jan108.html

Ray  Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered

I don't think so. I think he was the guy who suggested that human population growth was limited by the ability to grow food. (Not really THAT clever if you think about it). At some time in the future the amount of food that can be produced will plateau. At that point, so will the human population of the world (if humanity has not put an end to itself in other ways long before that).

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

Just a different shine of the light:

It is "....easy to lose sight of Malthus’s actual conclusion: That because humans have not all starved, economic choices must be at work, and it is the job of an economist to study those choices."

http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/bios/Malthus.html

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Moses Leonard , Mega Writer at Theessaypro., answered

Euthanasia was not much of his field. He wrote about the increase in population is necessarily limited by the means of subsistence  in which increase in subsistence automatically leads to increase population, hence high population is suppressed by the moral constraints within the ecosystems

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