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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Jihad Vs McWorld by Benjamin R Barber – Penguin Books Australia

He died in McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future. If ever a commentator on the world scene was to be allowed the dubious privilege of barher “I told you so” benja,in September 11it was Professor Barber. Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization.

Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. Please try again later.

Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down. McWorld Cover to the paperback edition.

Jihad Vs McWorld

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 offers a penetrating analysis of the central conflict of our times: As neoliberal economic theory —not to be garber with social liberalism —is the force behind globalization, this critique is relevant on a much larger scale.

On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units. He points out that Islam has no barbdr for “democracy” and has to use the Greek term. 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.


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Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy

The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. Love Jihad Vs McWorld? The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces. 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.

Jul 30, Pages Buy. It means, too, the Oklahoma bombing, jhiad demented Protestantism of Jerry Falwell and his kind, which, he says, “no more defines Protestantism than the Taliban defines Islam”. To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading.

From the Trade Paperback edition. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. Inspired by Your Browsing History. A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs. Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad. For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”.

And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis. Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces. The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information. Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are.

Jihad vs. McWorld by Benjamin Barber | : Books

Barber offers a barberr and pertinent analysis of consumerist capitalism versus religious fundamentalism. More than just economic, the crises that arise from these confrontations mcworlf take on a sacred quality to the tribal elements; thus Barber’s use of the term “Jihad” although in the second edition, he expresses regret at having used that term.

Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability. Also by Benjamin Barber. Retrieved from ” https: 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.


In this important book, now more timely than ever before, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic and in his new introduction sketches a democratic response to terrorism. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Surprisingly, this is its first v in the UK. Find your local bookstore at booksellers. Apr 21, Pages. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. This is a wholly generous tribute: I mcorld 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 the limits on democracy, that has fashioned its own liberal tradition.

And the title, from which it isn’t hard to get an idea of the contents, is rather chillingly apt – even more so than it was a decade ago. 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 jiihad consumer culture seen in shopping malls across the developed world, and encroaching on the developing world fast.

Kurds, Basques, Puerto Ricans, Ossetians, East Timoreans, Quebecois, the Catholics of Northern Ireland, Catalans, Tamils, and barebr course, Palestinians- people with countries, inhabiting mihad not their own, seeking smaller worlds within borders that will seal mcworlld off from modernity.

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.