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First, that the rate of innovation in the 19th and 20th centuries would simply surpass anything that the world had seen before. Wilson in his The Future of Life implies when he posits that humanity is passing through a bottleneck. Furthermore, Gimenez also argues that family planning is not necessarily incompatible with socialist political objectives, but cautions that Marxist support for access to family planning should be distinguished from the instrumental logic of neo-Malthusianism.
The original essay was part of an ongoing intellectual discussion at the end of the 18th century regarding the origins of poverty. The second major parameter is more subtle, and perhaps even more surprising, than innovation.
In the case of global population and environmental change, the fact that the last few centuries have also been characterized by a mode of production predicated on perpetual expansion constitutes a rather glaring example of a factor likely to produce a spurious correlation.
Google Scholar 4. Napoletano Despite being consistently discredited, Malthusian ideology continues to resurface — not entirely coincidentally — with the same predictable regularity as crises do in capitalism.
This is due to continued economic growth, and, a decrease in the rate of population growth. To compensate for lost productivity, more habitat would need to be converted to agricultural uses. Google Scholar 8. This goes beyond the important issue of structurally driven inequality in the distribution of wealth and the profligate consumption that this enables among the capitalist classes to implicate the entire system of production, distribution, exchange, and consumption under capitalism. The main lesson of this and other discussions is that carrying capacity is as much a social and political variable as a biophysical one, raising questions about the validity of any claims that humans have overshot our carrying capacity in our present authoritarian and class-divided system. I offer some reasons in the last of a series of posts 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 at MasterResource. Henry Fairfield Osborn, Jr. Napoletano Despite being consistently discredited, Malthusian ideology continues to resurface — not entirely coincidentally — with the same predictable regularity as crises do in capitalism. Importantly, this does not mean that the question of human over-population is entirely irrelevant to Marxists. While the means to accomplish this without further disruptions to the Biosphere may eventually be established, the organizational and productive technologies bequeathed by capitalism would likely play a more dominant role in satisfying such needs in the initial phases of such a transition.
See, for example, Paul Q.
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