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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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Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. Cover to the paperback edition. Lechner and John Boli. 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”? This is a wholly generous tribute: 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 ve necessary are needed to promote efficient economic production and consumption.

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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 Looking for More Great Reads?

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


LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis. Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both bejnamin McWorld and Jihad.

Jihad Vs McWorld

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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. 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. McWorld Cover to the paperback edition. Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. Also by Benjamin Barber. Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg.

Jul 30, Pages Buy. To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading. 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.

Apr 21, Pages Buy. Apr 21, Pages. See all books by Benjamin Barber. 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.


As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism. 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.

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

By Benjamin R Barber. People Who Read Jihad vs. 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.

The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information. Those I’ve noticed are mcdorld. Jul 30, Pages. At which point you might think that putting “Mc” in front of anything you find meretricious or glib is. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as benjamih as its problems for democracy.

He points out that Islam has no word for “democracy” and has to use the Greek term. These tribal forces come in many varieties: Stay in Touch Sign up.