Ropke: Uncanny Power

“There is a downright uncanny power in our modern industrial, urban, and mass civilization which destroys all beauty, dignity, harmony, and poetry in its path, so much so that it has justly been called The Ugly Civilization, to quote the title of a book by R. Borsodi. The modern world of concrete, gasoline, and advertising is peculiarly apt to deprive our souls of certain indispensable vitamins – Burke’s unbought graces of life again – and it does so in the name of a technological and social rationalism which has no use for anything that just happens by itself or that is not planned, that grows wild in picturesque confusion, and whose effects defy measurement.”

– Wilhem Röpke, A Humane Economy (pp. 83-84)

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