NOTES AND REPLIES How Different Were R/Spke and Mises? Ivan Pongradc n The Wilhelm 1tiipke lte~ew, founder and editor Ralph E. Ancil seeks to draw a sharp distinction between the views of Wilhelm R6pke and Ludwig von MisesJ Ancil complains that R6pke has been "co-opted into the more or less libertarian thinkers whose position is further enhanced by whatever weight or prestige his name may give." Someho~ Ancil says, libertarians and Austrians presume that R6pke and Mises %re in agreement on all important issues." But, insists Ancil, "nothing could be more incorrect." Since "nothing" is a strong word, the claim needs to be considered carefully 2 A good place to begin is with these very Misesian statements by R6pke: The conviction that true creative power can prosper only in liberty and not in the graveyard silence of prescribed opinions, that without intellectual individuality society and the state must eventually wittier, that man has a right to protection against arbitrary power and the abuse of power, that the crushing of every divergence of opinion and of any individual cast of mind must eventually lead to a boredom in which the nation's intellectual life is stifled, which lacks the happiness of
The Review of Austrian Economics – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 26, 2006
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