I am unable to explain how Captain Capitalism got through the whole post without mentioning Ayn Rand. A small excerpt:
However, Malthus is not dead in that his theories will apply to our most recent economic crisis. Not so much in the way of farmers being able to produce enough crops to feed the nation, but rather producers producing enough wealth to feed the parasites.
At TOC they are known as looters, after Rand.
Read the whole thing. The Return of Malthus