Iron law

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The term is derived from Goethe's "great, eternal iron laws" in his poem Das Göttliche, (On The Divine),[1][2] 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,[3]) which was applied by Lassalle in economics.[4] 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:

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