Not surprisingly, not one student in a class of 25 knew who he was.
This was a good teaching moment since I had just covered why Malthus' arguments about growth were incorrect, and how Malthusian arguments still hold a lot of sway.
So, I Googled the following names, and recorded the hits.
- Norman Borlaug - 156K
- Julian Simon - 180K
- Paul Ehrlich - 848K
- Lester Brown - 578K
Clearly, the Malthusian arguments are still influential, even after 3 centuries of economic growth and their failure to materialize.
FWIW: I'm really proud of the work I do here at voluntaryXchange, but it is a sad testament on our civilization that an ego search on that term yields 142,000 hits, putting me in the range of Borlaug and Simon.