Benjamin A. Rogge

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Benjamin A. Rogge (June 18, 1920 – November 17, 1980) was an American economist, college administrator, and libertarian writer, speaker and foundation advisor. Rogge received an A.B. degree from Hastings College and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Rogge received his PhD in economics from Northwestern. At Wabash College, Rogge taught in the summer Institute for Professional Development, in addition to his usual teaching in economics.[1] Rogge co-authored an economics principles textbook with John Van Sickle.[2] One strength of the text is the account that it gives of Joseph Schumpeter's process of creative destruction.[3] Rogge helped organize a series of lectures by Milton Friedman at Wabash that were eventually developed into Friedman's Capitalism and Freedom book.[4] Much later, Rogge participated in a brainstorming session for Friedman's Free to Choose television series.[5] Liberty Fund was founded with money from Pierre Goodrich, who sought advice from Rogge during the Fund's early years.[6] Rogge served for many years as a Liberty Fund trustee.[7] Thomas Sowell gives Rogge credit for encouraging him to write a book on economics and race.[8] Rogge also was a frequent presenter at the seminars of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). FEE's founder, Leonard Read, thought of Rogge as Read's eventual successor, an outcome prevented by Read outliving Rogge.[9] An extended (but somewhat grainy) video clip of a Rogge FEE lecture on "Competition and Monopoly" on YouTube illustrates the dry wit that made him a popular speaker. Rogge attended 13 meetings of the influential international Mont Pelerin Society.[10] Rogge helped produce, and narrated, a documentary on Adam Smith that was funded by Liberty Fund. Rogge wrote the introduction to a collection of quotations from Adam Smith.[11] A collection of Rogge's speeches, often on topics in economics or education, was published under the title Can Capitalism Survive?[12] Wabash College, where he taught for many years, established a speaker series in his honor. Rogge's archives are mainly housed at the Hoover Institute on the campus of Stanford University. A posthumous collection of Rogge's speeches and essays has appeared under the title A Maverick's Defense of Freedom.[13]


  1. ^ Harvey, Robert (1982). These Fleeting Years: Wabash College 1832-1982. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College. p. 123.
  2. ^ Van Sickle, John V.; Benjamin A. Rogge (1954). Introduction to Economics. New York: D. Van Nostrand Co., Inc.
  3. ^ Schumpeter (1950). Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy.
  4. ^ Friedman, Milton (1962). Capitalism & Freedom. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. preface.
  5. ^ Friedman and Friedman (1998). Two Lucky People. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 473.
  6. ^ Starbuck, Dane. (2001). The Goodriches: An American Family. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc.
  7. ^ Grimm, Robert (2002). Notable American Philanthropists: Biographies of Giving and Volunteering. Greenwood. p. 127.
  8. ^ Sowell, Thomas (2007). A Man of Letters. New York: Encounter Books. pp. 71–72.
  9. ^ Doherty, Brian (2007). Radicals for Capitalism. New York: Public Affairs. pp. 310 & 570.
  10. ^ Olsen, Niklas; Schulz-Forberg, Hagen (2014). Re-Inventing Western Civilisation: Transnational Reconstructions of Liberalism in Europe in the Twentieth Century. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 67.
  11. ^ Smith, Adam (1976). The Wisdom of Adam Smith. Liberty Fund, Inc.
  12. ^ Benjamin A. Rogge (1 January 1979). Can Capitalism Survive?. Indianapolis: Liberty Press. ISBN 978-0-913966-46-4.
  13. ^ Benjamin A. Rogge (2010). A Maverick's Defense of Freedom: Selected Writings and Speeches of Benjamin A. Rogge. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund. ISBN 978-0-86597-785-3.

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