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When Central Planning Becomes Irrelevant

Kevin Williamson at National Review addresses the zero sum thinking in The New New Malthusians: excerpt: But the internal-combustion engine may be going dodo nonetheless. Mike Fox, executive director of Gasoline & Automotive Services Dealers of America — i.e., the boss…

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The Appeal of the Apolcalypse

Kevin Williamson at National Review addresses the zero sum thinking in The New New Malthusians: excerpt: For well over a century after Malthus’s death, variations on his prophecy — that growing human populations would eventually overwhelm the world’s natural resources,…

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Rendering Scarcity Obsolete

History is filled with apocalyptic predictions from respected intellectuals.  Thomas Malthus predicted inevitable starvation as the geometric growth in fertility passed the linear growth in food supply.  But the future is hard to predict and few saw the dramatic growth in…

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An Educated Lack of Vision

One of the reasons I am skeptical of global warming/ climate change apocalyptic scenarios is  that throughout history such predictions have almost always proven wrong. Thomas Malthus (1766- 1834) was actually correct when he suggested that population growth would be…

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