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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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Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”. More than just economic, the crises that arise from these confrontations often take on a sacred quality to the benjaimn elements; thus Barber’s use of the term “Jihad” although in the second edition, he expresses regret at having used that term.

Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad. McWorld Cover to the paperback edition. Those I’ve noticed are minor.

Due to globalization, our market has expanded and is vulnerable to the transnational markets where free trade, easy access to banking and exchange of currency are available. A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs.

These diametrically opposed but intertwined forces are tearing apart – and bringing together – the world as we know it, undermining democracy and the nation-state on which it depends.

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. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future.


Apr 21, Pages Buy. McWorld may promote peace and prosperity, but Barber sees this as being done at the cost of benjjamin and identityand notes that no more social justice or equality than necessary are needed to promote efficient economic production and consumption. Views Read Edit View history.

Looking for More Great Reads? Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy.

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Jul 30, Pages Buy. 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”. To genjamin us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading. Cover to the paperback edition. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world.

By Benjamin R Barber.

Jihad vs. McWorld

He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R.

Sign up to our newsletter using your email. 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. Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces.

Jihad Vs McWorld by Benjamin R Barber – Penguin Books Australia

Barber offers a penetrating analysis of the central conflict of our times: Apr 21, Pages. 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 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.

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”? He may remind you at times of Daniel Bell, whose Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism more or less vs.mcwotld Playboy for the unravelling of the work ethic, but like Bell he’s no fool.

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You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition. Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. Please try again later. 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.

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. Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws.

Find your local bookstore at booksellers. 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.