The main peculiarity which distinguishes man from other animals is the means of his support-the power which he possesses of very greatly increasing these means.
The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man.
The superior power of population cannot be checked without producing misery or vice.
To prevent the recurrence of misery is, alas! beyond the power of man.
It accords with the most liberal spirit of philosophy to suppose that not a stone can fall, or a plant rise, without the immediate agency of divine power.
The power of population is so superior to the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other vist the human race.
The effect therefore on national wealth of those classes of unproductive consumers which are supported by taxation, must be very various in different countries, and must depend entirely upon the powers of production, and upon the manner in which the taxes are raised in each country.