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The Ultimate Resource 2

by Julian Lincoln Simon

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Rosamund McDougall, policy director for the Optimum Population Trust, has chosen to discuss The Ultimate Resource 2 on FiveBooks as one of the top five on her subject -Global Warming:



“…This book claims that technology and free market economics will solve the world’s environmental problems and support the constantly growing population, a view which has done a lot of damage to environmental campaigning. …”

The full interview is available here: http://fivebooks.com/interviews/rosamund-mcdougall-on-global-warming ( )
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Multitudes of people, necessity, and liberty, have begotten commerce in Holland.
(David Hume, "Of the Rise and Progress of the Arts and Sciences, 1744-1777)
The development of science ... requires ... freedom of the spirit which consists in independence of thought from the restrictions of authoritarian and social prejudices.
(Albert Einstein, Ideas and Opinions, 1954)
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(Preface): This book originated in my interest in the economics of population.
(Introduction): Is there a natural-resource problem now?
The "Great Toy Shortage" of 1977 clearly was a freak event.
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Julian L. Simon is the world's greatest contrarian. The Ultimate Resource 2--an update, not a sequel, despite the title--skewers the sacred cows of environmentalism, population control, and Paul Ehrlich. In the contest between resource scarcity and human ingenuity, Simon bets the farm on the ability of intelligent people to overcome their problems. Thankfully, he is not a theorist. This book lays out convincing empirical evidence for Simon's prediction of a prosperous future. The key to progress is not state-run conservation programs, he says, but economic and political freedom. Only then can talented minds properly apply themselves to our earthly dilemmas.

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