The future and its enemies the growing conflict over creativity enterprise and progress is a 1998 book by virginia postrel where she describes the growing conflict in post cold war society between dynamism marked by constant change creativity and exploration in the pursuit of progress and stasism where progress is controlled by careful and cautious planning. 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 . 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 . An unabashedly dynamist work the future and its enemies devotes most of its pages to limning the dynamic vision which has rarely been articulated in full it does not pretend to invent that vision from scratch or claim to discover new truths for a new age in true dynamist fashion it builds on the knowledge and experience of the past to
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