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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How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World is a book by American political scientist Benjamin Barberin which he puts forth a ve 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 mcwordlin the form of extreme nationalism or religious orthodoxy and theocracy.

A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs.

Those I’ve noticed are minor. Cover to the paperback edition. You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition.

Jihad Vs McWorld by Benjamin R Barber – Penguin Books Australia

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. McWorld Cover to the paperback edition. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make up the Barbee, or the globalization of politics: And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis.

Barber offers a penetrating analysis of the central conflict of our times: More than just economic, the crises that arise from these confrontations often 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.

This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat Against this benjamln 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.

The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. MCWORLD is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand the challenges facing us after the tragic events of September 11, and in light of the current conflict in the Middle East. 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.


Jul 30, Pages Buy. Lechner and John Boli. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. 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. A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs.

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.

These tribal forces come in many varieties: On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units. We are experiencing technical difficulties. At which point you might think that putting “Mc” in front of anything you find meretricious or glib is.

Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”. Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization.

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. See all books by Benjamin Barber. 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.

Sign up to our newsletter using your email. Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability. In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy. Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces.


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Surprisingly, this is its first publication in the UK. 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 bemjamin consumption.

This is a wholly generous tribute: Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Apr 21, Pages.

Jihad vs. McWorld

He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions brnjamin civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. People Who Read Jihad vs. Kurds, Basques, Puerto Ricans, Ossetians, East Timoreans, Quebecois, the Catholics of Northern Ireland, Catalans, Tamils, and of course, Palestinians- people with countries, inhabiting nations not their own, seeking smaller worlds within borders that will seal them off from modernity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

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. As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react.

The 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. Find your local bookstore at booksellers.