The Difference Between Mises and Röpke
During the Second World War the city of Geneva had allocated garden plots along the line of the vanished city walls to citizens wishing to grow their own vegetables in a time of food shortages. This use of public land turned out to be popular; the city continued the allocation of plots after the war.Perhaps needless to say, I am with Röpke here.
Röpke heartily approved of this undertaking, which both enabled people to obtain independently part of their own sustenance and provided the satisfaction of healthy achievement outside factory walls. When Ludwig von Mises came to visit Röpke at Geneva, Röpke took his guest to inspect those garden plots.
Mises sadly shook his head: “A very inefficient way of producing foodstuffs!”
“But perhaps a very efficient way of producing human happiness,” Röpke told him.