what does Scrooge mean when he says "if they rather die ,they had better do it and decrease the surplus population."
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Scrooge assumes that people who are indigent or poor are that way because they want to be; the are leading themselves to their death by their own lack of work ethic. He sees no sense in doing anything except worshiping money and does not worry if anyone dies for lack of sustenance. As far as he is concerned, they brought it on themselves, so they might as well die and help balance the population.