The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise, (Google eBook)
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 - Frank Thiel - Goodreads
I enjoyed this book and will recommend it to others. I think the most convincing part of the book is the chapter on the bonds of life. Her idea of nested rules presents a worthwhile argument against ... Read full review
Review: The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise, and ProgressUser Review - Stephen Henninger - Goodreads
Postrel presents a convincing argument about dynamism. However, she goes on much too long with examples and the book could have been cut in half. Read full review
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