Thomas Malthus on Population Paragraph
Although the educated man is perfectible, the poor man is unable to recognize the need for natural and preventive checks, which prevent an unstable ratio between population and resources. Now at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, the population of Europe is growing exponentially while food production is growing at a linear rate. The exponential growth of the population is immensely greater than that of food production, which foreshadows the lack of food that will result from the steady growing population. To prevent the lack of food, the relation between food production and population growth should be kept equal. Also, the imbalance of food production and population growth can be blamed on the poor people. The poor people have families of many children, despite the fact that they can only afford to feed a few. This contributes to the imbalance of population growth and resources because now society is made up of families with more people than could be fed. Lastly, the imbalance can be solved by the application of population checks. Preventive checks limit the family sizes, while positive checks limit the population through deaths by poverty, disease, famine, etc. These checks create a place in which the resources can sustain the population. Ultimately the unstable ratio between resources and population is to be blamed by the poor people, but It can be fixed through the application of checks.