Population Matters: People, Resources, Environment and Immigration

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Since 1970, Julian Simon has been challenging the doomsayers and their conventional beliefs in a series of controversial popular essays based upon his technical scholarly research. These have been his central message: Raw materials and energy are getting less scarce. The world's food supply is improving. Pollution in the United States has been decreasing. Population growth has long-term benefits, even though added people are a burden in the short run. The United States needs more immigrants.

These essays are the core of Population Matters. The central vision is of human being who, on balance, create more than they destroy, if they have adequate incentive to create and guarantee protection of the fruits of their labors. The debate on these questions concerns the effect of the number of people on the standard of living. Simon sees the following mechanism at work: Population growth and increased income expand demand, and prices of natural resources are forced up, triggering the search for new supplies. Eventually new sources and substitutes are found, and humanity is better off. How quickly this happens is critical; and here the presence of economic liberty and respect for property are of central importance.

There is no doubt that Julian Simon has influenced the professional consensus on these questions. But he does not preach complacency, nor does he think that new resources and economic advances are inevitable. He reminds us that institutions that protect property and reward initiative must be protected. Above all, we must remember that the ultimate resource is people, whose exercise of will and imagination for their own benefit inevitably benefits us all. Those who have read and enjoyed Simon's other books or his writings in the popular media will find this a spirited examination of the compelling issues of our day. Some of the most provocative essays in the volume have never before been published. Social and physical scientists may be stimulated to rethink some of their assumptions, and the general reader will be engaged by the force and style of his arguments.

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Julian L. Simon (1932-1998) was professor of business administration at the University of Maryland and distinguished senior fellow of the Cato Institute. He is credited as being one of the founders of free-market environmentalism. His books include Hoodwinking the Nation, The Philosophy and Practice of Resampling Statistics, and The Ultimate Resource.

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"This is a collection of thought-provoking essays, worth considering for an upper-division undergraduate course in population problems."

J. De Vries, Choice

"A strident and lonely voice, carrying on the legacy of Herman Kahn by assaulting the conventional wisdoms of environmentalists... Simon scores hits by fingering extreme forecasts."

—Future Survey

“This book provides the reader with an optimistic, Simon would say realistic, approach to the population-environment debate. . . . This book is a valuable and thought provoking collection of essays which are a must for anyone interested in population and environmental issues, and which provide food for thought for those who have despaired for the future of humankind and the earth which supports it.”

—Heidi Marriot

“Overall, these are well-written and entertaining pieces. The book is appropriate for professionals, students at many levels, and the general public interested in these most fundamental topics.”

—Kenneth E. Hinze, Social Science Quarterly

“For someone wishing to read consistently cheerful news about the human condition, Population Matters can be highly recommended. For readers less attuned to Simon’s unrelenting optimism, it provides stimulating and thought-provoking if often exasperating fare.”

—P.D., Population and Development Review

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