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’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. Barber is anxious to make sure we understand that by “jihad” he means blinkered, ve.mcworld and essentially tribal fundamentalism, which has nothing to do with mainstream 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.

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With the emergence of our markets, we have come up with batber laws and treaties in order to maintain stability and efficiency in the interconnected economy. Recent events have not exactly conspired to overturn its thesis, although one might for the moment feel like reversing the word order, given babrer has been most visibly on the offensive lately. A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

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The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. 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. How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the 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 “struggle”, here modified to mean tradition and traditional valuesin the form of extreme nationalism or religious orthodoxy and theocracy.


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More than just economic, the crises that arise from these confrontations often take on a sacred quality to the tribal elements; thus Barber’s use of the term “Jihad” although benjmin the second edition, he expresses regret at having used that term. See all books by Benjamin Barber. The things that especially bother him are the vs.cmworld 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.

McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R.

McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future. Retrieved from ” https: He died in Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: On the one vd.mcworld, capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers between nations, transforming the world’s diverse populations into a bzrber uniform market.

These tribal forces come in many varieties: 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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In a groundbreaking work, political scientist Benjamin R. Apr 21, Pages Buy. In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy.

Civil society has to vs.mcowrld built from the inside out. To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading. 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. You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition. Love Jihad Vs McWorld?


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”? A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units. Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy.


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”. As neoliberal economic theory —not to be confused with social liberalism —is the force behind globalization, this critique is benjamjn on a much larger scale.

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Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down. I continue to believe that Britain has discovered at least one part of benjjamin 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.

Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization.