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 writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad. Barber’s book, which is a kind of riposte to Fukuyama’s and similarly began life as an article in this benjwmin, in the March issue of Atlantic Monthlyvs.mcsorld published in America in Surprisingly, this is its first publication in the UK. The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information.

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.

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.

Barber offers a penetrating analysis of the central conflict of our times: Looking for More Great Reads?

Your subscription to Read More was successful. Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. 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. Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders.

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Views Read Edit View history. People Who Read 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.


More than just vs.mcwodld, 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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The index, incidentally, could do with some improvement. 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.

Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability. 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.

Lechner and John Boli. Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. Civil society has to be built from the inside out. In this important book, now more timely than ever before, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic and in his new introduction sketches a democratic response to terrorism.

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 argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither vs.mcsorld corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy.

The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. 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. 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.


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”.

He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. Cover to the paperback vs.mcworld. As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world.

Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization. McWorld is an essential text for jihar who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future.

Find your local bookstore at booksellers. He died in 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. A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs.

Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy. Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down.

Retrieved from ” https: 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. Those I’ve noticed are minor. Love Jihad Vs McWorld? MCWORLD is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand the challenges facing us after the tragic events of September 11, and in light of the current conflict in the Middle East.

Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. McWorld Cover to the paperback edition.