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Hoppe: “From the Malthusian Trap to the Industrial Revolution. Reflections on Social Evolution” (Property and Freedom Society 2009)



A speech given in May 2009 to the fourth annual conference of the Property and Freedom Society at the Hotel Karia Princess in Bodrum, Turkey.

Video by Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance.


“From the Malthusian Trap to the Industrial Revolution: An Explanation of Social Evolution,” ch. 4 in The Great Fiction.

Necessary and Sufficient Causes of the Industrial Revolution: Some Critical Remarks on Mises and His ExplanationThe Great Fiction: Property, Economy, Society, and the Politics of Decline.

See also Charles Murray’s review of Nicholas Wade’s recent book, A Troublesome Inheritance: “Then, with courage that verges on the foolhardy, he adds a chapter that incorporates genetics into an explanation of the West’s rise during the past 600 years.”

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