There have been many economists nicknamed Doctor Doom.
But we’ve only heard of one Doomslayer.
Julian Simon (1932-1998) was a leading proponent of human progress and ingenuity. In 1980 he made a famous wager against the bearish Paul Ehrlich that commodity prices would decrease over the decade, which he won.
One of his last publications, co-authored with Stephen Moore, was It’s Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 years.
Although this book is controversial, with critics saying Simon uses misleading timelines and ignores things like inflation when convenient, it contains many undeniably great trends. We picked out our favourites, with permission from publisher Cato.
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