The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise, and Progress
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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THE FUTURE AND ITS ENEMIES: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise, and ProgressUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A provocative and pretentious defense of the free society, the free market, and even the free person. The old political appellations of "left" ‘ and "right" no longer carry much meaning; it's now more ... Read full review
The future and its enemies: the growing conflict over creativity, enterprise, and progressUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Postrel, editor of Reason magazine, believes that conflict between stasists (who urge control and favor the status quo) and dynamists will shape the future. In her opinion, the greatest threats to the ... Read full review