Free Enterprise in Three Minutes Podcast with Ray Keating

Episode #38: Is The Avengers’ Thanos a Malthusian?

May 29, 2019 Season 1 Episode 38
Free Enterprise in Three Minutes Podcast with Ray Keating
Episode #38: Is The Avengers’ Thanos a Malthusian?
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Free Enterprise in Three Minutes Podcast with Ray Keating
Episode #38: Is The Avengers’ Thanos a Malthusian?
May 29, 2019 Season 1 Episode 38
Ray Keating
Ray Keating shows that the villain in the Avengers movies – Thanos – seems to be driven by bad economics.
Show Notes

Ray Keating compares the philosophy of Thanos – the villain in two of the biggest movies ever – Avengers: Infinity Warand Avengers: Endgame– to the late-18th-early 19thcentury economist Thomas Robert Malthus. Why does Thanos to commit great evil? We seem to find the answer in the work of Malthus, who basically argued that humanity would face rather dismal choices as population growth would outstrip the production of food. Murderous evil springs from bad economics.

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