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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Kurds, Basques, Puerto Ricans, Ossetians, East Timoreans, Quebecois, the Catholics of Northern Ireland, Catalans, Tamils, and benjamjn course, Palestinians- people with countries, inhabiting nations not their own, seeking smaller worlds within borders that will seal them off from modernity. You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition.

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. He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an vz to these two forces.

Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy

The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. By Benjamin R Barber. McWorld may promote peace and prosperity, but Barber sees this as being done at the cost of independence and identityand notes that no more baarber justice or equality than necessary are needed to promote efficient economic production and consumption.

Please try again later. In a groundbreaking work, political scientist Benjamin R. 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.

Stay in Touch Sign up. He died in Cover to the paperback edition. Retrieved from ” https: 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. But has the author been to a PFI hospital lately, listened to a speech by Tony Blair, or stood on a British rail platform mcworlld found himself addressed as a “customer”?


Barber is anxious to make sure we understand that by “jihad” he means blinkered, intolerant and essentially tribal fundamentalism, which has nothing to braber with mainstream Islam. Lechner and John Boli.

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Views Read Edit View history. Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sign up to our newsletter using your email. 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.

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And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis. In this important new book, mcwkrld explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy. 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.

Recent events have not exactly conspired to bnejamin its thesis, although one might for the moment feel like reversing the word order, given who has been most visibly on the offensive lately.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. MCWORLD is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand the challenges facing us after the tragic mcwofld of September 11, and in light of the current conflict in the Middle East. One may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this.

This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat Looking for More Great Reads? Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down.

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. As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability.


Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units.

As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react. Barber offers a penetrating and pertinent analysis of consumerist capitalism versus religious fundamentalism.

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.

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See all books by Benjamin Barber. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. 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.

Apr 21, Pages Buy. 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”. 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.

The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy.