The FT goes Malthusian

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1 Jul 2010

Yesterday’s Financial Times (FT) had an article which could not be any more Malthusian. According to a feature by Kevin Brown, the financial newspaper’s Asia regional correspondent:

“It has become a truism, buttressed by the hard realities of economic performance, that the 21st century will belong to Asia. But there is a big problem to overcome first, and it is not the flashpoints in North Korea, the Taiwan Straits and Kashmir. It is the region’s dangerous pace of population growth, and the health, environmental and security problems caused by urbanisation on a scale unique in human history.”

It is particularly odd that someone based in Asia, the most rapidly growing region on earth, cannot see the potential for economic growth to transform the world for the better.

[Hat tip to Sunil Jagtiani].