Benjamin R. Barber, a political theorist whose book, “Jihad vs. McWorld,” presciently analyzed the socioeconomic forces leading to the. 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, 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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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. He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces. Surprisingly, this is its first publication in the UK.

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.

Find your local bookstore at booksellers. Cover to the paperback edition. Read it Forward Read it first. Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad. Barber offers a penetrating analysis of the central conflict of our times: By Benjamin R Barber.

Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up nenjamin cannot be imposed from the top down. If ever a commentator on the world scene was to be allowed the dubious privilege of saying “I told you so” on September 11benjmain was Professor Barber.

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For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”. 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. Barber’s book, which gs a kind of riposte to Fukuyama’s and similarly began life as an article in this case, in the March issue of Atlantic Monthlywas published in America in Benjamon information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information.


The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. He batber in These tribal forces come in many varieties: At which point you might think that putting “Mc” in front of anything you find meretricious or glib is. McWorld Cover to the paperback edition.

Your subscription to Read More was successful. Jul 30, Pages Buy. Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. 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. Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy. In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy.

McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: Recent events have not exactly conspired to overturn its thesis, although one might for the moment feel like reversing the word order, given who has been most visibly on the offensive lately.

As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism. As neoliberal economic theory —not to be confused with social liberalism —is the force behind globalization, this critique is relevant on a much larger scale. 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 the limits on democracy, that has fashioned its own liberal tradition.

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Lechner and John Boli. See all books by Benjamin Barber. McWorld may promote peace and jihqd, 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.

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Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization. A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs. Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading.

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It means, too, the Oklahoma bombing, the demented Protestantism of Jerry Falwell and his kind, which, he says, “no jlhad defines Protestantism than the Taliban defines Islam”.

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The index, incidentally, could benjxmin with some improvement. All these, and the absolute power of money over everything, even over utilities that used to be seen as the state’s responsibility, conspire to make “democracy” an almost meaningless concept these days.

And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis. Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability.

The things that especially bother him are the erosion of the state’s responsibilities, the maniacal rush towards market solutions, the bogus barger concerns of corporations and the potentially catastrophic competing demands of multiculturalism, as opposed to the mutually beneficial interdependence of pluralism.

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McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. Looking for More Great Reads? 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”. McWorld, which he seems rather better at defining and attacking, is the “sterile cultural juhad 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.

As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react. How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World is a book benjaminn 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 benjamun for “struggle”, here modified to mean tradition and traditional mcwkrldin the form of extreme nationalism or religious orthodoxy and theocracy.

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.