The Social Crisis Of Our Time

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Roepke's The Social Crisis of Our Time is a series of blasts against the "malformations" of economics: the Nazi and Communist forms of collectivism both come in for severe criticism. Roepke shows the process by which the Western liberal tradition itself makes possible these rebellions against open economic systems. The drive toward social welfare, full employment policies, and the state management of fiscal fluctuations all lead away from free societies no less than market ...

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Overview

Roepke's The Social Crisis of Our Time is a series of blasts against the "malformations" of economics: the Nazi and Communist forms of collectivism both come in for severe criticism. Roepke shows the process by which the Western liberal tradition itself makes possible these rebellions against open economic systems. The drive toward social welfare, full employment policies, and the state management of fiscal fluctuations all lead away from free societies no less than market economies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560005803
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Series: Library of Conservative Thought Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Wilhelm Roepke was an economist and an author. He also wrote The Social Crisis of Our Time and International Order and Economic Integration.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface to the English Language Edition
Preface to the Swiss Edition
Introduction to the Original Edition 1
Pt. 1 Interpretation and Inventory
Ch. 1 Seed and Harvest of Two Centuries 37
The Two Revolutions 37
The Aberrations of Rationalism and Liberalism 48
Historical "Interference" 53
The Cult of the Colossal 62
Notes 72
Ch. 2 Political Systems and Economic Systems 83
Democracy, Liberalism and the Collectivist State 83
Political Structure and Economic Structure 87
Notes 96
Ch. 3 The Splendor and Misery of Capitalism 100
The Nature and Historical Achievement of "Capitalism" 100
The Liabilities 113
The Conflict of Interests in the Economy 124
The End of Capitalism? 134
Notes 143
Pt. 2 Action
Ch. 1 Aberrations and Blind Alleys 151
Loose Thinking 151
Socialism 153
Society--a Machine 157
Compatible and Incompatible Economic Policy 159
Social Welfare 163
Full Employment 165
Notes 174
Ch. 2 Basic Questions of Reform 176
The Route--the Third Way 176
The Tools of Economic Policy 184
Political and Moral Prerequisites 191
Notes 194
Ch. 3 Avenues of Approach and Examples 199
Peasants and Peasant Agriculture 201
Artisans and Small Traders 213
De-Proletarization and Decentralization of Industry 218
New Trends in Social Policy 223
Market Policy (Control of Competition and Restraint of Monopolies) 227
An International New Order 235
Notes 243
Index 255
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