Why Malthus makes for bad science policy
The ideas of Thomas Malthus have always loomed large; the scope includes some of the biggest issues facing humanity’s continued existence on this planet. His controversial ideas have been debated and inspired some policies that were especially damaging. This anti-Malthusian op-ed was written by the Publisher of Skeptic Magazine; I typically pair this with the neo-Malthusian op-ed written by the President of the Canada’s Population institute. Comparing and contrasting the merits of these articles provides a way to get student to assess the strengths of an argument and to identify the bias/perspective of the author.
Questions to Ponder: What did Malthus get right? What did he get wrong?