On Monday, we celebrated our daughter’s fourth birthday. Today, we celebrate our younger son’s second birthday. On Saturday, we will celebrate my wife’s and my eleventh anniversary.

When we found out we were expecting our third a few years ago, I proposed the creation of the Julian Simon Club. My motivation:

One wouldn’t think that an economist’s research program would move the emotions, but I’ve found that the research of Julian Simon helps me love and appreciate my kids in ways I wouldn’t have thought possible. Simon’s essential thesis is that the human mind is The Ultimate Resource: more brains mean more ideas, bigger markets, and less suffering. To put it bluntly, Simon showed (convincingly) that we aren’t running out of natural resources and that if anything we need more people, not fewer.

Co-blogger Bryan Caplan, bless him, joined immediately. If you aren’t already a member, I hope you’ll join us, too.

Edit: there’s nowhere to sign up for the Julian Simon Club. I might create a Facebook group, but those tend to get a bit spammy. It’s a take-off on Greg Mankiw’s Pigou Club.