Virginia Postrel

Virginia Postrel Inman (born January 14, 1960) is an American political and cultural writer or Broadly libertarian , or classical liberal , views. [2]

She is best known for re non-fiction books, The Future and Its Enemies and The Substance of Style . In the former she wordt uitgelegd re philosophy, ” dynamism “, a forward-looking and change-seeking philosophy therein algemeen Favors unregulated organization through ” spontaneous order “. She Contrasts it with ” stasis “, a philosophy therein Favors top-down control and regulation and is Marked by desire to Maintain the present state of affairs. [3] In November 2013, she published a third book, The Power of Glamour , welke defined glamor as “nonverbal rhetoric” that “leads us to feel therein the life we dream of exists, and to desire it even more.” [4 ]

Early life and education

Virginia Inman was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina . Her Father was an engineer and re mother was a home maker who later went on to get re master’s degree and teach at the college level. Virginia went on to lecture at Princeton University, graduating in 1982 with a degree in English Literature. [1]


Postrel was editor of Reason from July 1989 to January 2000, and remained on the masthead as editor-at-large through 2001. Prior to dat, she was a reporter for Inc. And The Wall Street Journal . [5] She Currently Serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). [6] From 2000 to 2006, she wrote an economics column for the New York Times and from 2006 to 2009 she wrote the “Commerce and Culture” column for The Atlantic . [7] She’ll be Appeared on the last episode of the third season of Penn and Teller ‘s Bullshit! .

Postrel wrote the biweekly column “Commerce & Culture” for the Wall Street Journal Until April 2011. Since May 2011, she has written a biweekly column for Bloomberg View .

Health care, Bioethics, and aesthetics

Postrel has written verschillende articles on healthcare and Bioethics, zoals accounts or re own experiences.

In March 2006 Postrel donated a kidney to an acquaintance, writer Sally Satel . [8] [9] She has recounted the experience, and referred to it in verschillende subsequent articles and blog posts, many of welke are critical or legal prohibitions Against compensating organ donors. In some of the pieces, she discusses strategies for working around restrictions synthesis, zoals organ donor transplant chains. [10] [11]

In her March 2009 article “My Drug Problem” in The Atlantic , Postrel wrote about re own experience or being behandeld for breast cancer with the expensive drug Herceptin . [12] [13] She questioned if zoals a costly treatment mention anything be available to others and if the risky research dat makes zoals innovative Treatments skies mention anything be profitable under the Proposed healthcare reforms in the United States.

Postrel has’ll be referred to as re experience a cancer patient in her writing about the belang or design aesthetics in hospitals and the competitive forces dat drive Them to create more attractive environments for patients. [14]This ties into tje thesis or re second book, dat beauty is morethan simply a superficial, frivolous cat and kan go morethan skin deep. Notions of beauty and desirability, and thoughts on what makes good design good beyond the needs of sound engineering , informatics re work at the “Deep Glamour” blog.


  • The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict Over Creativity, Enterprise and Progress , Free Press (January 1, 1998) ( ISBN 0-684-86269-7 )
  • The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness , HarperCollins, September 2003 ( ISBN 0-06-018632-1 )
  • The Power of Glamour: Longing and The Art of Visual Persuasion , Simon & Schuster, November 5, 2013 ( ISBN 978-1416561118 )


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c “Interview with Virginia Postrel: The Future and Its Enemies” , Booknotes , PBS, February 14, 1999
  2. Jump up^ Postrel, Virginia (2007-03-18). “An 18th-Century Brain in a 21st Century Head” . Cato Unbound . Retrieved 2013-10-01 .
  3. Jump up^ “The Future and Its Enemies in Virginia Postrel” . . Retrieved 2013-10-01 .
  4. Jump up^ Silber, Kenneth (2013-11-01). “Review: The Power of Glamour.” Quicksilber. Retrieved 2013-11-07.
  5. Jump up^ “Virginia Postrel’s bio” . . Retrieved 2013-10-01 .
  6. Jump up^ “Board of Directors – The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education” . FIRE. 2003-12-19 . Retrieved 2013-10-01 .
  7. Jump up^ “Virginia Postrel – Authors” . The Atlantic . Retrieved 2013-10-01 .
  8. Jump up^ Shlaes, Amity (2006-03-15). “I Would Give My Left Kidney to Prove I’m Right: Amity Shlaes” . Bloomberg . Retrieved 2013-10-01 .
  9. Jump up^ Satel, Sally. “Desperately Seeking a Kidney” . . Retrieved 2013-10-01 .
  10. Jump up^ “Virginia Postrel on Donating a kidney” . . Retrieved 2013-10-01 .
  11. Jump up^ Postrel, Virginia (2009-07-09). “With Functioning Kidney for All – Virginia Postrel” . The Atlantic . Retrieved 2013-10-01 .
  12. Jump up^ “My Drug Problem” . . Retrieved 2013-10-01 .
  13. Jump up^ Postrel, Virginia (2009-03-30). “Defending” My Drug Problem “- Virginia Postrel” . The Atlantic . Retrieved 2013-10-01 .
  14. Jump up^ Postrel, Virginia (2008-04-01). “The Art of Healing – Virginia Postrel” . The Atlantic . Retrieved 2013-10-01 .