Malthus’ Dismal Theorems

Malthus’ Dismal Theorem (1955)

«If the only check to population is misery, the population will grow until it is miserable enough to check its growth».

Malthus’ Utterly Dismal Theorem (1955)

If the only check to population is misery, the result of any improvement is ultimately to enable a larger population than before to live in misery, so that resource-improvement actually increases the sum of misery.

Kenneth Ewert Boulding, “The Malthusian Model as a General System,” Social and Economic Studies, September, 1955; Collected Works, Vol. I, p. 455.

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