Tyler Cowen joined Interintellect founder Anna Gát and fellow Interintellect Anton Troynikov for this SuperSalon to reexamine Malthus’s ideas.
In An Essay on the Principle of Population, Enlightenment scholar Thomas Malthus described what has come to be known as the Malthusian catastrophe: while populations grow exponentially, agricultural output increases only linearly.
It is commonly believed that Malthus foresaw a world of poverty and hunger, as population growth would inevitably outstrip our ability to feed everyone. But is that really what he wrote, or might he have subtler messages for us?
It is clear today that technological breakthroughs have allowed for the support of a global population almost ten times larger than in Malthus’ time, in generally greater comfort and safety. But can this state of affairs last? Are there other Malthusian limits to prosperity - for instance the climate crisis or a potentially unmanageable income or fertility inequality? And if there are new Malthusian limits, can we organise ourselves as a society and culture to overcome them?
In this Interintellect SuperSalon, we were joined by the economist, writer and public intellectual Tyler Cowen - with Interintellect founder Anna Gát and popular Interintellect Host Anton Troynikov - to examine t…
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