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    Future and Its Enemies The Growing Conflict over Creativity, Enterprise, and Progress

    ISBN-10: 0028741080
    ISBN-13: 9780028741086
    Author(s): Virginia I. Postrel
    Description: 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  More...
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    Publisher: Free Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long
    Language: English

    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.

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction: The Search for Tomorrow
    The One Best Way
    The Party of Life
    The Infinite Series
    The Tree of Knowledge
    The Bonds of Life
    Creating Nature
    Fields of Play
    On the Verge
    Notes
    Index

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