Friday, September 14, 2012
Although the population increase improves the labor force, Malthus criticizes the lower class for reproducing beyond their limits, insisting upon preventative and positive checks in order to create a balance between population and food. To limit family size and thus the population Malthus believes that men should calculate if they have have enough money to support their families. In other words this preventative check states that one should not have a family if they belong to the lower class. if they can hardly support themselves it would be nearly impossible to support their offspring. Malthus also considers natural disasters such as famine, diseases, and war as a positive check because it cut down the population which balanced out the amount of food available.