Discovery Institute is pleased to announce that Senior Fellow Gale Pooley is the recipient of the 2023 Julian L. Simon Award along with Marian L. Tupy, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.
Pooley and Tupy coauthored Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planetwhich exemplifies esteemed economist Julian Simon’s (1932-1998) belief that when given political and economic freedom, human beings are not a threat to the planet, but its greatest resource.
“Gale Pooley and his co-author Marian Tupy offer a compelling case for superabundance—substantiated by facts—at a time when it is most needed,” says Discovery President Steve Buri. “The book celebrates human ingenuity and creativity and offers a hopeful vison of the future amidst a chorus of negativity and decline. They are worthy heirs to Julian Simon and deserving of this prestigious award. I consider myself fortunate to call Gale a friend and colleague.”
Julian Simon’s son, David M. Simon, said his father would have treasured Superabundance for its “breathtaking scope, encyclopedic data, and deep and precise analysis of both economics and history [that] powerfully confirms that people are indeed the ultimate resource.” Jordan Peterson described the work as “a valid antidote to demoralization, cynicism, and hopelessness,” and George Gilder said that because of it, “economics—and ultimately, politics—will be enduringly transformed.”
Pooley is an associate professor of business management at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and earned his BBA in Economics at Boise State University, and completed his PhD at the University of Idaho. He has taught economics and statistics at Alfaisal University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Boise State University, and the College of Idaho. He serves on the board of HumanProgress.org.