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In his 1798 book An Essay on the Principle of Population, Thomas Robert Malthus 1766 -1834) observed that an increase in a nation's food production improved the well-being of the populace, but the improvement was temporary because it led to population growth, which in turn restored the original per capita production level. In other words, humans had a propensity to utilize abundance for population growth rather than for maintaining a high standard of living, a view that has become known as the "Malthusian trap" or the "Malthusian spectre"

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Robert_Malthus

 

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