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Economic Harmonies; Bastiat, Frédéric
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Chapter 16

But one of his opponents, Mr. Godwin, *108 had picked it up, and M. de Sismondi (one of those men who, with the best intentions in the world, do the most harm) reproduced the unfortunate words. Immediately all the socialists seized upon it, and that was all they needed to try, condemn, and execute Malthus on the spot. Certainly they must thank Sismondi for his erudition; for they themselves had never read either Malthus or Godwin.

[William Godwin (1756-1836), known as the author of The Adventures of Caleb Williams as well as of the essays in The Enquirer (1797), "Avarice and Profusion," "Riches and Poverty," and "Beggars," which dealt with "the general question of the future improvement of society." It was, of course, in answer to these that Malthus was first prompted to write his Essay on Population the following year. —Translator.]