If it (Ireland’s evil) had to be cured by such a remedy as this, it would have been removed long since. See Archbishop Boulter’s letters, written a century ago, Dobbs, Essay on the Trade and Improvement of Ireland, part II, Newenham’s Inquiry concerning the Population of Ireland, for evidence of the extensive emigrations that formerly took place. (p. 79) It will be fully seen that, were the remedy desirable, we have no chance whatever of applying it, in reference to the relative numbers, in a degree equal to that in which it was tried above a 100 years ago, and thenceforward for at least half a century. (l.c.)

[»]The „scattering of mankind over the face of the earth“ may be distinctly traced to their animal propensities, to their sloth and ignorance, operated upon by necessity; their numbers having increased … that necessity called forth their intellectual faculties, rendered them stationary, introduced the institutions and arts of social existence; and in a word, created the immeasurable distance between savage and civilized man.« (82)|


[»]Nothing can be more clear than that the great work of planting the nations was performed, not when the earth was full of inhabitants, but, on the contrary, when it was comparatively void: not by nations whose numbers were the greatest, but the fewest and most scattered; in a word, not by those who had a real necessity to migrate, but by those whose ignorance taught them so to suppose, and whose barbarism made them fit instruments for the purpose.« (83)

Malthus boldly assures the honourable committee, that putting out of existence a thousand labourers here and there would, nationally speaking, be an advantage. (Third Emigration report p. 324, § 3246)

This is the case even in Ireland; where the population is the thinnest, the demand for labour is the least, and is, of course, the worst remunerated. (See Report on the State of Ireland, Part IV, p. 445 sqq.) p. 90. Our old fashioned national economists calculated the wealth of the country as principally consisting of the numbers of its inhabitants. (Petty. Political Arithmetic) (l.c.)

In every stage of civilization, from the first rudiments of society to its most perfect state, mankind have been ever found necessary to each other, and, consequently not personally only, but relatively valuable. (90, 91)

Mr. Malthus has told … that Greece was surcharged with inhabitants. Never, however, did its citizens regard the lowest, and infinitely the most numerous class among them, „redundant“, excepting when they conceived them to be, on particular emergencies, too formidable for their safety. On the contrary, they were constantly making predatory expeditions, one principal objects object of which was the seizure of men, who were a profitable article of sale amongst them. Xenophon, in his Economics, recommends an addition of 20,000 slaves at once to those already in the state of Athens (See Boeckh), who, it is calculated by some, outnumbered the freemen about 20 : 1. (See Hume: Essay on the populousness of Ancient nations, and Boeckh estimates the number of the slaves, compared with that of the citizens, including the whole free population, as 100 : 27. (vol. I, p. 52) (91)

 Kommentar von Marx.
Der bloss historische Charakter des s.g. Populationsgesetzes zeigt sich am besten wenn man die moderne kapitalistische Gesellschaft vergleicht, sei es mit der antiken Welt, sei es mit modernen Sklavenstaaten. Was hier „redundant“ ist, ist die freie Bevölkerung, während die arbeitende Sklavenbevölkerung nie genügt. Bei uns umgekehrt. Die Lohnarbeiter werden „redundant“ erklärt (die Arbeitsbienen), niemals die Drohnen.

Rome, in like manner, imported men from different part parts of the world in vast numbers, at the very time when, where were we to believe the theory  Zusatz von Marx.
(des Pfaffen Malthus)
, she was already overwhelmed with people. (See Montesquieu, Causes of the Rise and Fall etc ch. VIII (p. 91)[)] [»]In England likewise, during the feudal system, when men were personal property, vastum hominum et rerum on an estate, was, in the celebrated instrument Magna Charta, regarded as an equal injury to its owner … As to the negroes in our sugar islands … they are regarded … as valuable property. In Barbadoes there were, in 1820, 78,345 slaves, the island containing, it is said, 106,470 acres of land, giving a population, exclusively of the whites, far more twice as dense as that of Ireland.« (92) In no age or country of the world in which mankind has been held in bondage, and been the property of others, have they ever been deemed valueless … does the condition of the labouring classes deteriorate as society advances in improvement? Do they sink in actual and individual value as they rise in the social scale? (94) Our moderns … would have to believe … that day which makes a man a freeman takes all his worth away, nay, actually reduces him  Sadler: in value to less than nothing
in his value to make him less than nothing
, and makes it a national object to get rid of him. (94)

M. Malthus , indeed, talks that the prudential restraint, if generally adopted, „by narrowing the supply of human labour in the market, would, in the natural course of things, soon raise its price[“] … self-contradiction … would not the market of demand be narrowed in precisely the same ratio as the market of labour? (97, Note)

The experiment of transporting  Zusatz von Marx.
(the poor)
them … long since recommended by a class of writers, the political economists of their day, and deemed, like ours, wise in their generation. Gee, upwards of a century ago, calculating the unemployed British poor at more than a million, forestalled the wisdom of our present projectors, by strenuously recommending them to be sent to the colonies; on  Sadler: whom
the benevolent Hanway observes, „whether his bad policy or his inhumanity is most to be execrated, must be a question[“]. (98, 99) (See on the one side: Gee’s Trade and Navigation, ch.  Sadler: XXVII
, and XVIII Sadler: XXVIII , and Carey: Discourse on Trade; on the other Hanway: Defects of Police etc and Gents. Mag. 1734, p. 198 „Send a cargo or two off to Nova Scotia.“ (99, Note a und b.)

Let the 30 millions of uncultivated acres, out of the 77 which these islands comprise, as well as those boundless unimproved „wastes of the ocean“ by which they are surrounded to use Lord Bacon’s expression, finally answer this question. If you want food, therefore, here it is to be obtained in supplies that defy calculation; if you want labour, her here it presents itself to an unlimited extent, and of the most practical as well as beneficial kind. But our political economists, disgusted with proposals so obvious and natural, turn from them, as Naaman did from the prophet, in contempt; and require some great and imposing remedies to be applied, some mysterious incantations to be pronounced, and cruel rites to be performed, in order to the relief of our country. (100, 101)

the capitalists are they who ought to emigrate, if they are so disposed, and not the industrious labourers, who, under proper encouragement, may subsist anywhere. (102) the ablebodied, the young, and the healthful … are to be starved, bribed, and conveyed out of the Country. (101)


  • Inhaltsverzeichnis von Friedrich Engels
  • Heft II. 1869
  • The Daily News, 20. Mai 1869
    • Notiz
      • Kaufmannsrechnung. (Continuatio)
      • John Leslie Foster, (of Lincoln’s Inn): An Essay on the Principle of Commercial Exchanges. London. 1804.
      • Ch. Lyell. Principles of Geology. 7th ed. London 1847.
      • Otto Hausner: Vergleichende Statistik von Europa (Lemberg. 1865) II. Band.
      • Michael Thomas Sadler. M.P.: Ireland; its Evils and their Remedies. 2nd ed. London. 1829