Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Where Art Thou, Wilhelm Roepke?

The American Conservative's Daniel "Tory Anarchist" McCarthy asks a simple question — Can There Be Capitalism Without the Bourgeois Family?

The answer is, of course, "no." He cites Austrian Schoolman Joseph Schumpeter. Of course, fellow Austrian Schoolman Wilhelm Röpke, "The Humane Economist," had this as his central thesis. Sorry, libertarians and socons, we need each other.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

As Roepke's work demonstrates, we cannot have limited government and the free market without the traditional family. And as the current state of our society demonstrates, we cannot have the family survive as a social institution without laws the enforce and reinforce it. The libertarian delusion is simply untenable, a utopia that cannot exist in reality. The sooner that libertarians realize that law is not just a policeman but also a teacher, and that it is necessary to maintain the very limited government that they claim to desire, then the sooner we can all get to work on implementing policies and laws that will actually strengthen the family and thereby reduce the need and ability of the government to intervene in other areas of human existence.

May 8, 2013 at 1:17 AM  

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