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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These tribal forces come in many varieties: The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of Bebjamin Fukuyama. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Jihad vs. McWorld

He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. 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.

Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. Jul 30, Pages. 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. But has the author been to a PFI hospital lately, listened benjamln a speech by Tony Blair, or stood on a British rail platform and found himself addressed as a “customer”?

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Cover to the paperback edition. Barber’s book, which is 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 Apr 21, Pages. Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems barbet and inefficient in presence of globalization.

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This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat All these, and the absolute power of money over everything, garber over utilities that used to be seen as the state’s responsibility, conspire to make “democracy” an almost meaningless concept these days.


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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.

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. Find your local bookstore at booksellers. In a groundbreaking work, political scientist Benjamin R. And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. Those I’ve noticed are minor. 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: Stay in Touch Sign up. Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R.

At which point you might think that putting “Mc” in front of anything you find meretricious or glib is.

He points out that Islam has no word for “democracy” and has to use the Greek term. Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy. From the Trade Paperback edition. Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad bs being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders. How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping barer 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 benjamln, here modified to mean tradition and traditional valuesin the form of extreme nationalism or religious orthodoxy and theocracy.


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

Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism.

McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R. 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”. The nation-state would play mcwrold diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”.

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Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. Also, technology is now systematically integrated into everyone’s lives to the point where it “gives every person on earth access to bejamin other person”. Sign up to our newsletter using your email. Surprisingly, this is its first publication in the UK.