The PJ Tatler

Thomas Friedman Channels Thomas Malthus

From NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman, author of “The Earth is Flat, comes a column headlined “The Earth is Full.” It’s all about resources, C02, and dire crisis as “our system of growth and our system of nature hit the wall at once”  — and how many planets are needed to accommodate a human race which Friedman says is eating into its own future. I’d be more worried if it didn’t sound eerily similar to the 18th century’s Rev. Thomas Malthus, who posited in 1798 that food supplies grow arithmetically while population grows geometrically, and from this concluded, more or less as Friedman now suggests, that the earth was full. It’s a big earth, and mankind has a track record of remarkable invention — be comforted, it may yet work out.