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The term is derived from Goethe's "great, eternal iron laws" in his poem Das Göttliche, (On The Divine), from Ilmenau (1783) (» Nach ewigen, ehrnen, / Großen Gesetzen «; word for word "by eternal, iron, / great laws", lines 31–32, sixth stanza; for ehrnen, (iron/firm/unyielding) compare ehernen, ehern,) which was applied by Lassalle in economics. Malthus' principle was then retrospectively retitled an "iron law", and subsequent such laws have been named in imitation of these.
Iron law may refer to:
- Iron Law (painting), a 1984 painting by Odd Nerdrum
- Iron law of population, from Thomas Malthus' An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798)
- Iron law of wages, from Ferdinand Lassalle's Subsistence theory of wages (mid 19th century)
- Iron law of oligarchy, from Michels' Political Parties
- Iron law of prohibition, from Cohen's How the Narcs Created Crack
- Iron Law of Bureaucracy, from Jerry Pournelle