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A Humane Economy: The Social Framework of the Free Market


reviewed by Harold Barger 1962

coverTitle: A Humane Economy: The Social Framework of the Free Market
Author(s): W. Roepke
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This book about economic and social policy, originally published in German, is written from what used to be called a liberal and would now be called a conservative position. The viewpoint of the author, who is well known for his more technical economic works and teaches in Geneva, is that of Hayek, Hazlitt, and other writers who have no use for the modern state and whose intellectual heritage stems from the eighteenth rather than the nineteenth century. More moderate in tone, though scarcely in substance, than The Road to Serfdom, which it recalls, Roepke's book is more concerned with social and moral issues than was that volume. Its mood is somber and profoundly pessimistic. The early chapters examine the "mass society" which, the author feels, has resulted from population growth, increases in social mobility and mass communication, and a weakening of family ties. A thorough examination follows of the relation of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 63 Number 4, 1962, p. 319-319
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3131, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 3:43:53 PM

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