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 - Douglas Ross - Goodreads
A well reasoned libertarian view of how the future should be open and free so that creative progress isn't inhibited by goverment and regulation. Read full review
Review: The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise, and ProgressUser Review - Zac - Goodreads
A useful expansion of the map. Far ahead of Sowell's visions, but lacking Lakoff's cognitive science input. Slightly limited for coming from and focusing on the tech sector. Read full review
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