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

ISBN-10: 0684862697

ISBN-13: 9780684862699

Edition: 1999

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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 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. InThe 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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List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 12/8/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550

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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