The assertions of Malthus have sense only from the standpoint of capitalistic production.
Upon this point men were treated to nothing but vague phrases when Malthus lived.
Malthus thinks it more probable that industry got the cow than that the cow produced industry.
If Godwin had pricked men's consciences, Malthus brought the balm.
Their range of interests was perhaps equally wide, though Ricardo's bent was to natural science as Malthus' to mathematics.
The exaggerations of Malthus's law of population is a case in point.
It would be idle to ask which was the more logical development of Malthus.
It is the doctrine of Malthus applied in most cases with tenfold force.
Truly, they were much indebted to Sismondis learning, for they had never themselves read either Malthus or Godwin.
In some ways he may be compared to his contemporary Malthus.