Thanks for your comment Igor. I think you’re wrong that the Nazis weren’t at all influenced by Malthusian thinking.

The most obvious influence is Hitler’s obsession with feeding the German population and expanding its lebensraum. Chapter four of Mein Kampf:

‘Germany has an annual increase in population of nearly nine hundred thousand souls. The difficulty of feeding this army of new citizens must grow greater from year to year and ultimately end in catastrophe, unless ways and means are found to forestall the danger of starvation and misery in time.

Nature herself in times of great poverty or bad climactic conditions, as well as poor harvest, intervenes to restrict the increase of population of certain countries or races; this, to be sure, by a method as wise as it is ruthless. She diminishes, not the power of procreation as such, but the conservation of the procreated, by exposing them to hard trials and deprivations with the result that all those who are less strong and less healthy are forced back into the womb of the eternal unknown. Those whom she permits to survive the inclemency of existence are a thousandfold tested hardened, and well adapted to procreate in turn, in order that the process of thoroughgoing selection may begin again from the beginning. By thus brutally proceeding against the individual and immediately calling him back to herself as soon as he shows himself unequal to the storm of life, she keeps the race and species strong, in fact, raises them to the highest accomplishments.’

You’re right that Malthus dismissed the idea of eugenic breeding of humans, but later Neo-Malthusians certainly didn’t — and their thinking had an obvious influence first on American eugenics then on Nazi eugenics.

For more on this read Alison Bashford’s Global Population:

Or Allen Chase’s The Legacy of Malthus:

For the influence of Malthus’ ideas on the Nazis, see this recent biography of Malthus:

You’re also wrong to think that Fascism is an anti-elitist movement — Fascists believed in a ‘natural aristocracy’ of the elite. For more on that, see this recent book:

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