June 23, 2015

Quote of the Day

In some ways the conflict is not new. After all, it was a cleric, the Rev. Thomas Malthus, who gave his name to a zero-sum view of life that saw men and women breeding to their own destruction. In sharp contrast, the first economist, Adam Smith, wrote that to complain about population growth was to lament "over the necessary effect and cause of the greatest public prosperity."
-- William McGurn at the WSJ Journal, finding a contradiction in Laudato Si': if the economy is static and zero-sum as is consistent with the encyclical, contraception and abortion would be moral choices for the existing population. Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at June 23, 2015 1:30 PM
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