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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Also, technology is benjammin systematically integrated into everyone’s lives to the point where it “gives every person on earth access to every other person”. Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books.

Juhad a groundbreaking work, political scientist Benjamin R. Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R.

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. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Love Jihad Vs McWorld? Looking for More Great Reads? 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.

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Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. Lechner and John Boli. Sv the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units. McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R.

Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability. Apr 21, Pages. You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition.


As neoliberal economic theory —not to be confused with mcworlc liberalism —is the force behind globalization, this critique is relevant on a much larger scale. The index, incidentally, could do with some improvement.

Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy

Benjamib market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces. As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism.

The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information. The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency.

But has the author been to a PFI hospital lately, listened to a speech by Tony Blair, or stood on a British rail platform and found himself addressed as a “customer”? 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms juhad Use and Privacy Policy. MCWORLD is an essential text bbarber anyone who wants to understand the challenges facing us after the benjakin events of September 11, and in light of the current conflict in the Middle East.

This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat 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. To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading. Your subscription to Read More was successful. He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. Barber argues mcwprld there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: See all books by Benjamin Barber.

Every case is garber, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. This is a wholly generous tribute: Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. 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.


Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad. He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces. For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”. Civil society jjihad to be built from the inside out.

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

On mcwprld 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.

He died in The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. Jul 30, Pages Buy. Please try again later. 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. 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.