Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on April 17, 2012

in Cleaned by Capitalism, Growth, Health, Seen and Unseen

… is from page 236 of Julian Simon’s 1996 masterwork, The Ultimate Resource 2:

A century ago, most people in the United States died of environmental pollution – that is, from infectious diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and gastroenteritis….  Humanity’s success in reducing these pollutions has been so great that young people today do not even know the names of the great killer pollutions of history – such as typhoid fever, bubonic plague, and cholera.


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