Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World is a book by American political scientist Benjamin Barber, in which he puts forth . Benjamin R. Barber, a political theorist whose book, “Jihad vs. McWorld,” presciently analyzed the socioeconomic forces leading to the. Benjamin R. Barber, Author, ‘Jihad vs. McWorld: Democracy As an. Rarely, as Richard Falk writes in The Great Terror War, has an event exerted such leverage .

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In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy. Retrieved from ” https: Find your local bookstore at booksellers.

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Those I’ve noticed are minor. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. The things that especially bother him are the erosion of the state’s responsibilities, the maniacal rush towards market solutions, the bogus ethical concerns of corporations and the potentially catastrophic competing demands of multiculturalism, as opposed to the mutually beneficial interdependence of pluralism. Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability.

You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition. It means, too, the Oklahoma bombing, the demented Protestantism of Jerry Falwell and his kind, which, he says, “no more defines Protestantism than the Taliban defines Islam”. With the emergence of our markets, we have come up with international laws and treaties in order to maintain stability and efficiency in the interconnected economy.

If ever a commentator on the world scene was to be allowed the dubious privilege of saying “I told you so” on September 11it was Professor Barber. Also by Benjamin Barber. Also, technology is now systematically integrated into everyone’s lives to the point where it “gives every person on earth access to every other person”.

Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. On the one hand, capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers between nations, transforming the world’s diverse populations into a blandly uniform market.

Civil society has to be built from the inside out. Jihae list, Barber points out, is very similar to that of William Prynne’s 17th-century tirade, Histriomastix ; but it is at this point that Barber seems most to sigh for the moral purity that we have lost while playing Nintendo and eating cheeseburgers.


Read it Forward Read it first. Against this is the argument of those like Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, railing against the “wave of atheism and lewdness” rolling over Egypt in the s. Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are.

A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs. Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from mceorld bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down.

Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs. He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces.

Please try again later. Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad. Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces. Cover to the paperback edition.

Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. Jul 30, Mfworld.

To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading. Stay in Touch Sign up. McWorld, which he seems rather better at defining and attacking, is the “sterile cultural monism” we are all now very familiar with; the world of “shallow but uniform” consumer culture seen in shopping malls across the developed world, and encroaching on the developing world fast.

Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest bqrber. I continue to believe that Britain has discovered at least one part of the secret of how to elude both Jihad and McWorld, and recreate in the global arena the tradition of rebellion and liberty, of democracy and barbsr limits on democracy, that has fashioned its own liberal tradition.

How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World is a book by American political scientist Benjamin Barberin which he puts forth a theory that describes the struggle between “McWorld” globalization and the corporate control of the political process and ” Jihad ” Arabic term for “struggle”, here modified to mean tradition and traditional valuesin the form of extreme nationalism or religious orthodoxy and theocracy.


He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. Barber offers a penetrating and pertinent analysis of consumerist capitalism versus religious fundamentalism. Kurds, Basques, Puerto Ricans, Ossetians, East Timoreans, Quebecois, the Catholics of Northern Ireland, Catalans, Tamils, and of course, Ve people with countries, inhabiting nations not their own, seeking smaller worlds within borders that will seal beenjamin off from modernity.

Views Read Edit View history. As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism. This is a wholly generous tribute: Barber is anxious to make sure we understand that by “jihad” benjamn means blinkered, intolerant and essentially tribal fundamentalism, which has nothing to do with mainstream Islam.

McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: Sign up to our newsletter using your email.

People Who Read Jihad vs. For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”. These diametrically opposed but strangely intertwined forces are tearing apart—and bringing together—the world as we know it, undermining democracy and the nation-state on which it depends. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world.

He may remind you at times of Daniel Bell, whose Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism more or less blamed Playboy for the unravelling of the work ethic, but like Bell he’s no fool. McWorld may promote peace and prosperity, but Barber sees this as being done at the cost of independence and identityand notes that no more social justice or equality than necessary are needed to promote efficient economic production and consumption. See all books by Benjamin Barber.

These tribal forces come in many varieties: