An Essay on the Principle of Population was first published anonymously in 1798 through J. Johnson (London). The author was soon identified as Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus. While not the first book on population, it has been acknowledged as the most influential work of its era. Its 6th Edition was independently cited as a key influence by both Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace in developing the theory of natural selection (from Wikipedia). But it didn’t persuade Henry George.
Don’t let the picture on the right scare you, by the way. There’s plenty of room here in Illinois, where 63 of our 102 counties have lost population since 2000.
The Political Economy Book Club, which is open to everyone, meets at 6 PM on Wednesday, August 15. There is no admission charge. RSVP to Bob Matter (or phone 312 362 9302 (or, if that number doesn’t work, 773 610 2383) to let us know you’ll be coming, or if you have any questions.