Sunday, January 02, 2005

Sebastian Holsclaw is reading Virginia Postrel

Sebastian Holtsclaw has a mind like a steel trap. Logic solid as a church.
He's reading The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise and Progress by Virginia Postrel.
His comments are worth noting.
So far he's not fisking. Yet.

Virginia has a key idea which clarifies some of the difficulties we have in analyzing polticial cleavages along a left-right split. She speaks of dynamists and stasists. In her description, dynamists are willing to embrace the messy nature of unguided social and technological change, while stasists do not. In her terminology stasists come in two major varieties--reactionaries and technocrats. Reactionaries wish to control change by reversing it and returning to a previous (and quite possibly mythical) golden age.

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