Contra Malthus

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Quelle: Royal Academy of Music

„If it should be urged, that there must always come a time when population will press against food, and therefore there is no use in attempting to escape it; this would be like urging, that there is no use in a man’s escaping from being murdered now, because he will not be immortal afterwards. There is all the difference in the world, between enduring an evil by the will of Providence, and by the act of man. Human life in the whole, is but the procrastination of death; but that is no reason why men should be killed just now, for other men’s convenience. There may come a time when there will be no coal to burn, no iron to make tools, and perhaps no salt left in the sea; but this is no reason why something should not be made of the interval which must intervene. The time when population will press irremediably against food, must to a great manufacturing and naval people, be almost as remote as the time when there will be no salt left in the sea. And come when it may, it must always come gradually; which is by itself no small diminution of the mischief. The maximum of contingent evil in prospect, is only equal to what it is proposed to bring on at once now; and all the world must be cleared and peopled, before the evil can arrive.“— Vol. IV., p. 477. Catechism on the Corn Laws. Feb., 1827.

[aus: Corn Laws. Extracts from the Works of Col. T. Perronet Thompson, Author of the „Catechism on the Corn Laws“. Selected and Classified by R. Cobden, Esq., M.P., and published with the consent of the author. Seite 5.]

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