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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Julian Simon's 1981 book The Ultimate Resource excoriated prominent environmentalists for resorting to scare tactics and data-bending.... As Simon notes, the past sixteen years have been kind to many of his ideas.... Much as Simon had predicted, global per capita food production edged upward steadily while population rose and air quality improved in many places and ways."--Kathleen Courrier, The Washington Post
"With a full understanding of the opposition and smears he would encounter, Simon nevertheless wrote The Economics of Population Growth, Population Matters, and his best-known book, The Ultimate Resource. To him, the ultimate resource was human intelligence. We should also add, in honor of Simon, the courage to use that intelligence."--Thomas Sowell, Chicago Sun-Times
"The most powerful challenge to be mounted against the principles of popular environmentalism in the last fifteen years."--The Washington Post Book World
"Compelling and often brilliantly original. . . . [Simon's] economic analysis will leave a lot of readers heavily revising their thinking about the world around them."--Fortune
"The Ultimate Resource is the most powerful challenge to be mounted against the principles of popular environmentalism in the last 15 years. . . . What is most startling is its deep-rooted optimism about the human condition. . . . [A] landmark book."--Washington Post Book World
"The truly delightful aspect of the book is its persistent iconoclasm. Page after page, Simon punctures myths of scarcity and offers instead the counsels of optimism."--The American Spectator
"Julian Simon, an economics professor, systematically, shockingly, irresponsibly explodes each and every foundation of the whole environmental movement. And he does so with so many facts, graphs and examples that it would be a strange person who could walk away from reading this book without his or her faith in the assumptions of the environmental movement being just a little bit shaken up. . . . This is a magnificent book with the power to change minds."--Matt Ridley, The Sunday Telegraph
One of the most important books I've ever read.
Wish the naysayers would read it.
Wish every senator would read it. Read more
Hold on to your seat. This book changes your view of the world. For ever. For the better.
There are simply not enough words to praise this epic work by Julian Simon aka the... Read more
What a joy to read! Dr. Simon's work is a much needed viewpoint in today's world. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a non-biased look at the state of our world's... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dave
A persistent error that the author makes in using his many graphs and figures is to extrapolate mindlessly past trends into the distant future. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dr. Lionel
Julian Simon has always put the hype and hyperbole of our world in perspective and this book is 700+ pages of crisp, accurate data shooting holes in most of the verbal balloons... Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by E. Cresswell
"The Ultimate Resource" and its updated version "The Ultimate Resource 2" are the most memorable works of a great thinker of our age, whose untimely death in 1998... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Doug Erlandson
The Ultimate Resource 2 is an optimistic review of people's ability to come up with solutions to most of the world's problems. Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by E. J.
This book offers all sorts of information/references that support the different arguments about the scarcity of energy and natural resources. Read morePublished on November 27, 2010 by Thomas Nelson
Simon's bedrock premise was that resources aren't truly finite because you can do fuzzy fractal math and never quite subdivide them to a zero quantity. Read morePublished on November 21, 2010 by AJ CA