Jihad vs. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and. Jihad vs. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious. Jihad vs. McWorld: How the World Is Both Falling Apart and Coming McWorld, based on a article in the Atlantic Monthly, Barber turns from the intellectual .

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Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. McWorld Cover to the paperback edition. As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism. 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 jiha between “McWorld” globalization and the corporate control of the political process and ” Jihad ” Arabic term for “struggle”, here modified to mean tradition and jiuad valuesin the form of extreme nationalism or religious orthodoxy and theocracy.

The index, incidentally, could do with some improvement. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape kcworld smaller and smaller tribal units.

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.

For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”. This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”. The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. Looking for More Great Reads?


Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs.

I continue to believe that Britain has discovered at least one part of the secret agticle 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. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. People Who Read Jihad vs. Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces.

From the Trade Paperback edition. He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”.

mihad Civil society has to be built from the inside out. And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis. Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make mcdorld the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down.

These tribal forces come in many varieties: Barber is anxious to make sure we understand that by “jihad” he means blinkered, intolerant and essentially tribal fundamentalism, which has nothing to do with mainstream Islam.

Jihad vs. McWorld

Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization. Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April Also by Benjamin Barber. 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.


One may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this. Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. 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. This is a wholly generous tribute: 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.

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.

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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 describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy. 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”.

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