Jihad vs. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and. Jihad vs. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious. Jihad vs. McWorld: How the World Is Both Falling Apart and Coming McWorld, based on a article in the Atlantic Monthly, Barber turns from the intellectual .

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Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. From the Trade Paperback edition. Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. The index, incidentally, could do with some improvement. As a johad, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism. At which point you might think that putting “Mc” in front of anything you find meretricious or glib is. 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 values artocle, in the form mcwirld extreme nationalism or religious orthodoxy and theocracy.

Read it Forward Read it first. Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy.

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In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy. Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders. A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: Also by Benjamin Barber.


Against this is the argument of those like Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, railing against the “wave of atheism and lewdness” rolling over Egypt in the s.

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He died in Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are vss of democracy.

Stay in Touch Sign up. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Vx to the paperback edition. Retrieved from ” https: The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information.

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. The nation-state would play a diminished role, and jiuad would lose some of its political potency.

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. 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.

It mworld, too, the Oklahoma bombing, the demented Protestantism ijhad Jerry Falwell and his kind, which, he says, “no more defines Protestantism than the Taliban defines Islam”.

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.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Apr 21, Pages. He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces. Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy. 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 in the second edition, he expresses regret at having used that term.


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”?

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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. These tribal forces come jhad many varieties: He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”.

As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See all books by Benjamin Barber. 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 sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability.

For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”. 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.

One may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this. Jul 30, Pages Buy. Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces.

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