The future and its enemies the growing conflict over creativity enterprise and progress paperback december 8 1999 by virginia postrel author 44 out of 5 stars 75 ratings see all formats and editions. The future and its enemies is an obvious allusion to karl poppers the open society and its enemies and a lucid description and powerful defense of the open society is exactly what this book offers virginia postrel combines an intuitive understanding of how complex adaptive systems function and evolve with insights about what norms and attitudes are best suited for maintaining our own . A future constructed by an infinite number of individual decisions made privately is one she believes we should encourage the future and its enemies is at once intellectually sweeping and reader friendly it has the potential to join a pantheon of books about freedom that includes works by friedrich hayek and milton friedman. 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. The future and its enemies the growing conflict over creativity enterprise and progress user review not available book verdict postrel editor of reason magazine believes that conflict
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