The Future and Its Enemies
The Growing Conflict over Creativity, Enterprise and Progress
By (author) Virginia Postrel
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Future and Its Enemies by Virginia Postrel
Book DescriptionToday 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780684862699
(216mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Pocket Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Virginia Postrel
Virginia Postrel is the editor of "Reason" magazine and a columnist for "Forbes" and its companion technology magazine, "Forbes ASAP." Her work also appears in "The New York Times, " the "Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal" and other major publications. She lives in Los Angeles. Her Web site is at www.dynamist.com.
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