The Cause of Unemployment

In 1347 the Bubonic plague swept through Europe. Part of what helped it spread were the overcrowded cities piled with garbage that attracted rats. When the plague was over, there was plenty of farmland to go around. There were plenty of jobs. Because of the shortage of labour, landlords could no longer enslave their workers and serfdom crumbled and men were able to demand a decent wage. It never seems to occur to anyone to blame a shortage of jobs and bad economic times, even in our time, on overpopulation.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)