An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Robert Malthus

This influential work explores the theory that population growth will always tend to outrun the food supply and that betterment of humankind is impossible without strict limits on reproduction. The author argues that poverty, disease, and starvation are all necessary to keep societies from moving beyond their means of subsistence. The book's grim outlook and controversial theories have sparked significant debate and criticism since its publication.

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