“If any person in our contemporary world is entitled to a hearing it is Wilhelm Röpke.” —New York Times
A Humane Economy offers one of the most accessible and compelling explanations of how economies operate ever written. The masterwork of the great twentieth-century economist Wilhelm Röpke, this book presents a sweeping, brilliant exposition of market mechanics and moral philosophy.
Röpke cuts through the jargon and statistics that make most economic writing so obscure and confusing. Over and over, the great Swiss economist stresses one simple point: you cannot separate economic principles from human behavior.
Röpke’s observations are as relevant today as when they were first set forth a half century ago. He clearly demonstrates how those societies that have embraced free-market principles have achieved phenomenal economic success—and how those that cling to theories of economic centralization endure stagnation and persistent poverty.
A Humane Economy shows how economic processes and government policies influence our behavior and choices—to the betterment or detriment of life in those vital and highly fragile human structures we call communities.
“It is the precept of ethical and humane behavior, no less than of political wisdom,” Röpke reminds us, “to adapt economic policy to man, not man to economic policy.”
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“Like a seminar on integral freedom conducted by a professor of uncommon brilliance.” —Wall Street Journal
“An excellent starting point for the noneconomist reader who wishes to cut through all the jargon and formulas to understand the moral underpinnings of the free market.” —First Things
“ISI Books has done a tremendous service to the study of political economy by bringing back into print one of the classic treatments of the virtues of free markets.” —CEI UpDate
“Recommended with enthusiasm.” —Touchstone
“Defenders of liberty should make room for it on their bookshelves.” —Religion & Liberty
“As a critique of mechanistic economics and a plea to restore the human element to economic studies and policies, A Humane Economy . . . certainly can claim a place of respect." —Culture Wars
“This work, and Röpke’s other works, should be read by every student of economic and social thought, and every lover of civilization and freedom.” —The New American
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