The Future and Its Enemies

The Future and Its Enemies

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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 -- qstasisq vs. qdynamismq -- are replacing qleftq and qrightq 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.head and the unsystematic notes and photos that the retired foreman had kept. ... but nea#39;er so well expressed, aquot; whether in a clear instruction manual, a moving tribute, or a powerful political speech. ... Rather than making them sound like Peggy Noonan, she gave Ronald Reagan and George Bush better language withanbsp;...

Title:The Future and Its Enemies
Author:Virginia Postrel
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2011-05-10


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