Postrel's book is scholarly, very well researched, and clearly written.
There will always be setbacks, but as long as people can think, we will always find a way to make out of those setbacks.
This book is a testament to the power of distributed knowledge and its positive effects on non-coercive social systems.
I first read this in the nineties. Re-read again in 2015 on a friend's recommendation.
Stasists vs. dynamists -- this is as pertinent today as it was 20 years ago.
"This diverse, decentralized process makes technocrats uncomfortable--no one is in charge, and the results are unpredictable--but it strikes reactionaries as downright evil. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Daniel Estes
The content of the book seems good (based on the sample), but this pricing is insane:
kindle: $14. Read more
As a business person and someone interested in the motivations of people, I found The Future and its Enemies one of the best written books on how organizations make bed decisions,... Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by Stephen Wahrhaftig
The Future and Its Enemies Read this. Twice. As this reviewer's title might suggest, at times the reading can get a little long and academic. Read morePublished on May 2, 2011 by Gene Cisewski
I thought of PM Thatcher's "This is what we believe" quote upon finishing The Future and its Enemies. Something tells me I am going to be buying a bunch of copies of this. Read morePublished on March 8, 2011 by Johnny & Riza
I enjoyed the author's thoughts even if I am not inclined to agree with all of them. She could have stated her case much more concisely. Read morePublished on August 21, 2009 by Nick
Postrel's future strikes me as naive and idealistic. Unleashing the creative animus of billions of free actors? Read morePublished on February 10, 2007 by P. Bierre