Sunday, January 27, 2013

More of Malthus

I was trying to make two points in my earlier Malthus post. Judging by the responses, I didn't make them very convincingly. So here is another try:

1)Measures to decrease death rate may have the unintended consequence of later decreasing the welfare of the consequently more numerous survivors. I think that happened especially in Africa and Asia.

2)There are limits to how many people the planet can support.

I would add my view that hitting the limit is likely to be catastrophic.