Dr. Tom G. Palmeris Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, General Director of the Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace, and Prosperity, and a Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. Previously he was Vice President for International Programs at the Cato Institute and Director of the Center for Promotion of Human Rights. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, which was just published this month. Dr. Palmer has long been active in the freedom movement and was very active in the late 1980s and the early 1990s in the spread of classical liberal ideas in the Soviet bloc states and their successors.
He continues to be active throughout the region through his work with InLiberty.ru, the Global Initiative's Russian-language program, and with the Institute's European programs. He also established and supervises the Global Initiative's programs in Arabic, Persian, Kurdish, Azerbaijani, Portuguese, Chinese, French, Behasa Melayu/Indonesia, Africa (in a several languages), and he is working to establish new programs to promote classical liberal ideas in Urdu, Hindi, and Vietnamese. He was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in Europe, North America, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, China, and the Middle East from England to Iraq to China to Kyrgyzstan to Ghana and many other countries on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights.
He has published contributions in books published by Princeton University Press, Routledge, Cambridge University Press, and other publishers, and has published articles and reviews on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Die Welt, and The Spectator of London. He received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his Ph.D. in politics from Oxford University.
"The ultimate resource is people - especially skilled, spirited, and hopeful young people - who will exert their wills and imaginations for their own benefit, and so, inevitably, for the benefit of us all." -- Julian L. Simon
Prof. Julian L. Simon (1932 – 1998) was an economist and demographer based at the University of Maryland at College Park, just outside Washington DC. He had a special interest in natural resource and environmental issues. He eloquently showed that, contrary to popular perception, all natural resources have become more abundant with economic development, and the only resource that has become dearer is human labour, although our numbers have grown at an unprecedented rate over the past few centuries.
"The most important benefit of population size and growth is the increase it brings to the stock of useful knowledge. Minds matter economically as much as, or more than, hands or mouths."
Prof. Simon had published over two dozen books, mostly on population, environment and developmental issues. His most famous book is The Ultimate Resource (1980), which was completely revised and updated in 1997.
Prof. Simon passed away in 1998. He was instrumental in encouraging us establish Liberty Institute as an independent think tank. His last visit to India was in 1997, when he participated in the Institute's Freedom Workshop. We instituted the memorial lecture to keep alive this spirit of Simon in questioning conventional wisdom and bringing facts to light on a variety of environmental and development issues.
The inaugural memorial lecture was delivered by eminent economist Deepak Lal, James S. Coleman Professor of International Development Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, on "The New Cultural Imperialism: The greens and economic development" in 2000. The next speaker in 2002, was Leon Louw, Executive Director of the Free Market Foundation, and the Good Law Project in Johannesburg, South Africa. His topic was "The Miracle of Poverty". Prof. C. S. Prakash of Tuskegee University, USA, delivered the third lecture in this series in 2003, when he spoke on "Agricultural Productivity: Role of Modern Technologies". Prof. Ken Schoolland of Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, delivered the lecture in January 2005. The title of his talk was "Courage, Fear and Immigration: The significance of welcoming newcomers in a free economy". In 2006, Prof. Max Singer of BESA Institute of Bar Ilan University in Israel, spoke on "Humanity in the next hundred years".
Selected Works of Julian L. Simon
* A Life Against the Grain - Autobiography (Posthumously - 2002)
* It's Getting Better All the Time (2000 - Co-authored with
* Hoodwinking the Nation (1999)
* Economics Against the Grain - Volume I (1998)
* Economics Against the Grain - Volume II (1998)
* The Ultimate Resource 2 (1996)
* The State of Humanity (1995)
* Scarcity or Abundance (1994 - Co-authored with Norman
* Good Mood (1993)
* How To Start And Operate A Mail-Order Business (1965,
Fifth Edition 1993)
* Population Matters (1990)
* Population and Development in Poor Countries (1992) - Selected Essays
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