The German Question

BooksMay 31, 2008
The German Question by Wilhelm Röpke is the book that inspired the postwar economic reform in Germany.

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Wilhelm Röpke


Wilhelm Röpke (1899-1966) was schooled in the tradition of the Austrians and made enormous contributions to the study of political institutions. His powerful anti-Keynesian writings in particular underscore what an...

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International Order and Economic Integration

With great sincerity and passion Röpke explains how the old liberals of his generation came to reject war as a first...

International Economic Disintegration

Röpke explains how the world unraveled the 1930s from a combination of protectionism and monetary destruction.

Biography of Wilhelm Röpke (1899-1966): Humane Economist

BooksAugust 1, 2007
Wilhelm Röpke devoted his scholarly career to combating collectivism in economic, social, and political theory. As a student and proponent of the Austrian School, he contributed to its theoretical structure and political vision, warning of the dangers of political consolidation and underscoring the...

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7. The Great German Inflation

Online Text Page from Money, Method, and the Market Process, Ch. Money


All the misfortunes from which Europe has suffered in the last two decades have been the inevitable result of the application of the theories which have dominated the social and economic philosophy of the last fifty years.

Wilhelm Röpke: Architect of Liberty

Mises DailyJanuary 8, 2002
Wilhelm Röpke made it his life's work to help construct and defend the free society, to diagnose the ills of capitalism, and to suggest concrete solutions. Röpke was never shy about criticizing the abuses of the body politic which endangered its health and rendered it defenseless against infections...

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1. Marxism in German Science

Online Text Page from A Critique of Interventionism, Ch. Anti-Marxism

Usually only those writers can be called Marxists who, as members of a Marxian party, are obliged to indicate approval in their writings of the Marxian doctrines as canon­ized by party conventions. Their scholarship can be no more than “scholasticism.” Their writings aim at preserving the “purity” of the true doctrine, and their proofs consist of quotations from authorities—in the final analysis Marx and Engels. Again and again they conclude that “bourgeois” science has completely collapsed, and that truth can be sought only in Marxism.

The Saddest and Most Challenging (and possibly wrong) book by Wilhelm Roepke

BlogMarch 28, 2007

I find myself captivated by this new entry into the Austrian Study Guide: a very rare treatise indeed. It is International Economic Disintegration by Wilhelm Roepke, from 1942. He explains how the world unraveled the 1930s from a...

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II. The Conflict with the German Historical School

Online Text Chapter from The Historical Setting of the Austrian School of Economics

1. The German Rejection of Classical Economics

Butler Shaffer joins the ePub archive

BlogJune 25, 2010

Newly added to our ePub archive: Butler Shaffer’s Boundaries of Order: Private Property as a Social System.

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Collected Works of Carl Menger

Collected Works of Carl Menger (in German): Four Volumes

BooksAugust 24, 2011
These four volumes have been selected not only for their outstanding importance in the history of economic thought, but also because of their previous inaccessibility to the majority of students in the field of economics.

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John Prince Smith and the German Free-Trade Movement

BooksJuly 20, 2005
M an, Economy, and Liberty : Essays in Honor of Murray N. Rothbard . Edited by Walter Block and Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. Copyright © 1988 by the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Auburn , Ala. Pp. 341–51. See the full PDF edition ...

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Against the Tide

BooksAugust 18, 2007
Wilhelm Röpke defends sounds money, free trade, and attacks welfare.

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The Social Crisis of Our Time

BooksAugust 28, 2009
Wilhelm Ropke The Social Crisis of Our Time

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Wilhelm von Humboldt's 'The Sphere and Duties of Government'

BlogDecember 3, 2013

Guest Post: Wilhelm von Humboldt’s ‘Calm Investigation of the Most Important Questions’

by Gary M. Galles...

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Authentic German Liberalism of the 19th Century

Mises DailyApril 20, 2005
For a thousand years before Hitler, writes Ralph Raico, Germany was an integral part of western civilization. There has been a growth of interest also in German liberalism.

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Prosperity Through Competition

BooksJune 16, 2009
In postwar Germany, one great statesman led the fight for freedom: Ludwig Erhard. He was deeply influenced by Wilhelm Röpke, and drew heavily on the case for free markets made by Ludwig von Mises.

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BooksMay 21, 2010
The original 1927 German edition of Mises's classic Liberalism...

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V. The Questionable Fear of Declining Prices

Online Text Page from The Causes of the Economic Crisis, and Other Essays Before and After the Great Depression, Ch. 4. The Current Status of Business Cycle Research and Its Prospects for the Immediate Future (1933)

People today are inclined to overvalue the significance of recent accomplishments in clarifying the business cycle problem and to undervalue the Currency School's tremendous contribution. The benefit which practical cyclical policy could derive from the old Currency School theoreticians has still not been fully exploited. Modern cyclical theory has contributed little to practical policy that could not have been learned from the Currency Theory.