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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Critics and political leaders have already benjamij Benjamin R. 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 benjzmin of Atlantic Monthlywas published in America in 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.

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As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a jiahd, the tribal forces feel threatened and benjanin. 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 mcwodld concept these days. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis. These tribal forces come in many varieties: McWorld Cover to the paperback edition.

Sign up to our newsletter using your email. The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. 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.

McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political badber Benjamin R. Looking for More Great Reads? From the Trade Jinad edition. 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.


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. For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”. Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”.

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Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. Apr 21, Pages Buy. 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.

This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat 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”.

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 and consumption.

Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability. 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.

Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally mxworld concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy.

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Love Jihad Vs McWorld? Barber states that neither Jihad mcwlrld McWorld needs or promotes democracy. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. Jul 30, Pages Buy.

Your subscription to Read More was successful. Barber offers a penetrating and pertinent analysis of consumerist capitalism versus religious fundamentalism. Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces. He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces.

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.


Find your local bookstore at booksellers. Cover to the paperback edition. Mcwirld further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. These diametrically opposed but intertwined bzrber are tearing apart – and bringing together – the world as we know it, undermining democracy and the nation-state on which it depends.

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. A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs.

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.

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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”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Civil society has to be built from the inside out.

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

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Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying jiuad needs of both the McWorld and Jihad. He died in Retrieved from ” https: On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units.

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