Ron Arnold

Ron Arnold

Ron Arnold (born August 8, 1937) has been the Executive Vice-President of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise since 1984. He is widely considered the "Father of the Wise Use Movement", and is one of the harshest adversaries of the environmental movement.


Arnold was born in Houston, Texas and studied business administration at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Washington.


Following his graduation, Arnold worked as a technical writer for Boeing from 1961 until he left in 1971 to found Northwood Studio. In 1974 he began contributing to Western Conservation Journal, which marked the beginning of his public opposition to environmentalism. Between 1978 and 1981, Arnold was a contributing editor of Logging Management Journal. His 1979 magazine series, "The Environmental Battle", was the winner of the American Business Press 1980 Editorial Achievement Award.

In 1981, Arnold wrote the authorized biography of Interior Secretary James G. Watt. In 1987, he founded the Free Enterprise Press, and began writing a series of highly critical books on the environmental movement. In 1988 Arnold was one of the catalysts for the founding conference of the Wise Use movement in Reno, Nevada, and published its policy wish-list, the "Wise-Use Agenda".


  • At the Eye of the Storm: James Watt and the Environmentalists, Regnery Gateway, 1981, 282pp.
  • The Grand Prairie Years, Dodd, Mead and Company, 1987.
  • Ecology Wars: Environmentalism as if People Mattered, Free Enterprise Press, 1987, 182pp. ISBN 0-939571-00-5
  • Trashing the Economy: How Runaway Environmentalism is Wrecking America, co-authored with Alan Gottlieb, Free Enterprise Press, 1993, 670pp.
  • Politically Correct Environment, co-authored with Alan Gottlieb, Merril Press, 1996, 178pp.
  • Ecoterror: The Violent Agenda to Save Nature, Free Enterprise Press, 1997, 324pp.
  • Undue Unfluence: Wealthy Foundations, Grant-Driven Green Groups, and Zealous Bureaucrats That Control Your Future, Free Enterprise Press, 1999, 344pp.


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