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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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. Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad. 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.

Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: 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.

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. Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders.

Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy

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.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, benjxmin at the potential cost of tolerance and stability. Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”. The index, incidentally, could do with some improvement.


And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. He points out that Islam has no word for “democracy” and has to use the Greek term. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of jihae potent dialectic for democracy. These tribal forces come in many varieties: Retrieved from ” https: Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as narber problems for democracy.

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On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units. For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”.

Those I’ve noticed are minor.

Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. A work of persuasive originality barbet penetrating insight, 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.

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. 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. McWorld Cover to the paperback edition.

McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: Kurds, Basques, Puerto Ricans, Ossetians, East Timoreans, Quebecois, the Catholics of Northern Ireland, Ve, Tamils, and of course, Palestinians- people with countries, inhabiting nations not their own, seeking smaller bnejamin within borders that will seal them mcwold from modernity.


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Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization. Barber offers a penetrating and pertinent analysis of consumerist capitalism versus religious fundamentalism.

A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs. This is a wholly generous tribute: Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws.

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On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units. He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. From the Trade Paperback edition. In a groundbreaking work, political scientist Benjamin R. Apr 21, Pages Buy.

Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down. McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future. The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces.

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Please try again later. The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy.

This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat 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.