Wilhelm Ropke (Library of Modern Thinkers)

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Wilhelm Ropke is probably the most unjustly neglected economist and social critic of the twentieth century. Exiled by Hitler's regime, Ropke was a passionate critic of socialism and the welfare state who was nonetheless keenly attuned to the limits of capitalism. John Zmirak's Wilhelm Ropke, written with the touch of an accomplished writer and journalist, ably demonstrates that Ropke's humane yet sophisticated Third Way economics can play a vital role in shaping appropriate policies to reflect the growing communitarian consensus.

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"John Zmirak provides a fresh and fair look at Wilhelm Röpke. He unearths writings that are sometimes ignored, particularly those relating to international economics, to show that Röpke's "Third Way" compromises neither freedom nor the moral sense. What emerges is a brilliant and complex thinker: a cosmopolitan liberal in the classical tradition who believed firmly in the free economy, sound money, local rights, and the old bourgeois virtues. This book should immediately become the standard treatment of this much-neglected and often-misrepresented figure in the history of ideas."--Jeffrey Tucker, Vice President, The Mises Institute "Wilhelm Röpke's life is a story of courage, integrity, and independent thinking. His ideas on the economic role of government--embracing policies to maintain competition and reduce monopoly power; independent monetary policies and fiscal conservatism; the decentralization or subsidiarity of both government and industry; and support for families and a wide range of cultural and voluntary organizations and institutions--are now echoed in political agendas. In many ways, compassionate conservatism starts here. John Zmirak's short intellectual biography is a beautifully written summary of Röpke's life, work, and legacy."--Michael Watts, Professor of Economics, Purdue University "If any person in our contemporary world is entitled to a hearing it is Wilhelm Röpke."-- The New York Times "Wilhelm Röpke exhausted himself offering--to those trapped in socialist-collectivist thought, to those unable to escape such thought, to all those involved in the constitution or glorification of the totalitarian state, to those who have comfortably excused themselves from responsibility and pangs of conscience--words of transformation, offering them once more firm ground under their feet and an inner faith in the value and blessings of freedom, justice and morality." --Ludwig Erhard, Former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany "The author has done an excellent job in pinpointing to what extent Wilhelm Röpke, in his most mature work, was fired by his first-hand knowledge and experience of the small-scale, directly democratic, and partially corporatistic and communitarian institutions of his Swiss environment. Röpke's twin emphasis, on the one hand on private property rights, individual liberty and self-reliance, and on the other on a social setup characterized by face-to-face networks can be regarded as an antidote against the incipient facelessness of both an atomized capitalistic mass society and a bureaucratic welfare state."-- Robert Nef, Schweizer Monatshefte "Wilhelm Röpke was really a great personality and an important figure in the history of liberal thinking. It was certainly worthwhile to publish a book on him and Zmirak has done a great job. He shows, that Röpke was not only an economist, but also a profound social philosopher. This reconciliation of technocratic economies and human values would be even more needed nowadays than at the time of Röpke. Zmirak shows better than other books on Röpke, that the Swiss social and political system was very important for Röpke's thinking, that many ideas were new only to Germans or Americans, but draw on Swiss history and Swiss experience."-- Dr. Gerhard Schwarz, Economics Editor, Neue Zürcher Zeitung "... a window on the most turbulent decades of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of Wilhelm Röpke, outstanding economist and social thinker. A tale skillfully retold by a scholar of our times in this very readable account of Röpke's life and work. A pleasure for anyone interested in the economic history of the twentieth century. Röpke's insights into the Great Depression, the errors of National Socialism and, after World War II, attempts at reconstruction and reform have the ring of truth and are of relevance to our times."-- Victoria Curzon-Price, Professor, University of Geneva

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John Zmirak is a freelance writer living in New York City. He received his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He has worked as a writer and editor at Success, The Baton Rouge Business Report, Investor's Business Daily, and Faith and Family.

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