Thursday, March 19, 2020
Improving Ropke's third economic choice
I like the humane economic philosophy of Wilhelm Ropke, but he lived too close to World War Two to see that his economic system, which supposedly suited human nature, didn't value enough our primary kin and ethnic-centered human nature. As Russell Kirk pointed out Ropke's third choice was different from ideological socialism or doctrinaire capitalism. Confidence in the capitalist economy leads to heartless individuals which furthers the rise of dangerous collectivism. Ropke wanted to humanize the modern industrial political economy which was/is bent upon mass production regardless of the personnel and social problems it causes, and bring it all back to a human scale economic independence for small and medium size business, artisans etc.
Ropke's ethical economic ideas proved successful in bringing the post war German economy back from the hell of war, but as mentioned above, he lived too close to WWII to see that his economic system, which supposedly suited human nature, didn't value enough our primary kin and ethnic-centered human nature. Those who refused to forget the horrors of WWII dragged the whole world into the economic and social hell of multiculturalism rather than admit that if real kin and ethnic-centered human nature is allowed to be what it is, it naturally leads to regionalism, localism, general conservative values, eventually largely independent ethnostates, and finally an ethnopluralism of ethnostates for all ethnic groups and races, protected with a defensive federalism.