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Iron Mountain Report

Iron Mountain Report


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The Iron Mountain Report.
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Published by: Reland D. Melton on Jul 25, 2009
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Thomas Robert Malthus was a parson of the English State Church and an economist who lived from
1766-1834. He is best known for his writing An Essay On The Principle Of Population, published in
1798. His main idea is that populations increase more rapidly than food supplies. So, he claimed, there
would always be more people in the world than can be fed, and wars and disease will be necessary to kill
off the extra population.

Malthus did not claim to be the originator of this idea, although it has come to be known as the “Malthusian
Theory”. Malthus based his argument on the works of Condorcet, David Hume, Adam Smith, Defoe, Sir
James Steuart, Townsend, Franklin, and others.

Malthus’ Essay suggested to Charles Darwin the relationship between progress and the survival of the
fittest. This was the basic idea in Darwin’s theory of evolution.


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