Dreams, fantasies and mythologies by
Julian Simon

so called
"Iconoclast"

 

Julian L. Simon, was a professor of business administration at the University of Maryland and distinguished senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He died February 8, 1998 at the age of 65. He is well known for his roll as an iconoclast, a person of boundless optimism for the human species. He adamantly opposed the environmentalists who claimed that the human species was heading for an ecological disaster and was thus called the "Doomslayer" supposedly capsizing the prevailing Malthusian orthodoxy during the 1980's. According to his former research assistant Stephen Moore, "He routed nearly every prominent environmental scaremonger of our time: from the Club of Rome, to Paul Ehrlich, to Lester Brown, to Al Gore."

Julian Simon expressed the beliefs and desires of virtually all economists who believed that

"Humans are not just more mouths to feed,
but are productive and inventive minds that help find creative solutions to man’s problems, thus leaving us better off over the long run."

Julian L. Simon,1996
The Ultimate Resource 2

Among the many prominent converts to the Julian Simon world view on population and environmental issues were President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. Despite howls of protest from the international population control lobby, in 1984 the Reagan administration adopted Simon’s position—that the world is not overpopulated and that people are resource creators, not resource destroyers—at the United Nations Population Conference in Mexico City. The Reaganites called it "supply-side demographics." Meanwhile, in the late 1980s, Simon traveled by invitation to the Vatican to explain his theories on population growth. A year later Pope John Paul II’s encyclical letter urged nations to treat their people "as productive assets."

What will be attempted here is to expose Professor Simon as an arrogant pathological optimist that fed the greedy business community with ideas they so desparately wanted to hear. These ideas gave them just the excuse they needed to relentlessly abuse the environment for quick profits without regard for future generations.

There are many aspects that need consideration in such a complex topic as economics and a successful society. However, there are two major issues that need to be first, that are of the utmost importance:

World Population

 

"Famine cause by unwise government decisions were often based on communist economics and socialist governments."

Julian L. Simon,1996
The Ultimate Resource 2

This is correct. Collectivist practices have left farmers without incentives to excel in their work, to produce crops that were high in their yield and productivity. A free market economy and capitalism does indeed promote competition and results in a continual improvement and productivity of food as well as other improved goods and remarkable technology needed by a thriving civilization.

 


"Endless population increase is not only a good thing, but forever essential if the world is to make real advancements in agriculture, technology and science."

Julian L. Simon,1996
The Ultimate Resource 2

This is false, tragically false. That kind of belief in a relentless population growth is based on the fantasy that ever more people will produce ever more brain power and creativity that will always solve any future problems humanity may face. The concept is based on sheer ignorance of the true meaning of exponential growth and its disasterous consequences. No matter what type of government or form of economics a nation may practice, if there is a relentless population explosion, every known endeavor will eventually collapse under the sheer weight of numbers. It is an absolute necessity that humanity discovers a means of continual economic growth without an increase in the numbers of people on earth; perhaps a quantum leap forward in the general field of economics. And that is not negativism, it is simply shouting that our house is on fire!

World Population

 

"The real issue is not whether one cares about nature, but whether one cares about people."

Julian L. Simon,1996
The Ultimate Resource 2

This statement is simply one made by someone who is ignorant about human ecology or is an argument used as a diversionary tactic or both. Birth control IS used as a means to care about people especially women. Simon seems to think that ever increasing population growth is the solution to everything, let the women be damned. Women do not want to be baby machines relentlessly grinding out babies til they die of exhaustion. Women have more to offer the world than being pregant and caring for their children.

 

 

"The most important and striking change is in mortality: throughout history, death rates nearly equaled birth rates, with just enough positive margin for slow population growth over the centuries. Now, most of humanity enjoys not only good health, but a life expectancy far higher than that of even the wealthiest people in the richest countries earlier this century."

Julian L. Simon, 1998

 

If diseases and other ailments of people were not used for death control, this statement by Simon would be correct. However, modern medicine has greatly reduced death rates especially among the young. Must we die of ailments to balance the birth rates?? How about the use of contraceptives as a humane way??

 

See Julian Simon's views:

The Faithful
Food
Land
Natural Resources
Energy
Pollution
Standard of Living
Future Population Growth
Immigration
World Population Policy
Terrorism

THE FATAL FLAW

MOTIVATIONS


 

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