The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise,
Today we have greater wealth, health, opportunity, and choice than at any time in history. Yet a chorus of intellectuals and politicians laments our current condition -- as slaves to technology, coarsened by popular culture, and insecure in the face of economic change. The future, they tell us, is dangerously out of control, and unless we precisely govern the forces of change, we risk disaster.
In The Future and Its Enemies, Virginia Postrel explodes the myths behind these claims. Using examples that range from medicine to fashion, she explores how progress truly occurs and demonstrates that human betterment depends not on conformity to one central vision but on creativity and decentralized, open-ended trial and error. She argues that these two opposing world-views -- "stasis" vs. "dynamism" -- are replacing "left" and "right" to define our cultural and political debate as we enter the next century.
In this bold exploration of how civilizations learn, Postrel heralds a fundamental shift in the way we view politics, culture, technology, and society as we face an unknown -- and invigorating -- future.
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Review: The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise, and ProgressUser Review - JP - Goodreads
Insightful position on a rarely explored dimension, applicable to Libertarianism. Postrel is a "dynamist" (vs. "stasist") and she achieves a fascinating, compact explanation of the difference and ... Read full review
Review: The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise, and ProgressUser Review - Marks54 - Goodreads
This is a well written and insightful book on the tensions between innovation and creativity on the one hand and economic growth and stability on the other. The issue is how the growth and prosperity ... Read full review
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