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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I told you so

He died in Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. Those I’ve noticed are minor.

By Benjamin R Barber. 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”. Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. Jul 30, Pages Buy.

Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability. He points out that Islam has no word for “democracy” and benja,in to use the Greek term.

Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces. Apr 21, Pages Buy. McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R.

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. All these, and the absolute power of money over everything, even over utilities benjsmin used to be seen as the state’s responsibility, conspire to make “democracy” an almost meaningless concept these days.

The list, Barber points out, is benjamon 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. 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.


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. Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down.

This is a vs.mcwoeld generous tribute: As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism. 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 vs.mcwodld Islam.

These diametrically opposed but strangely intertwined forces are tearing apart—and vx.mcworld together—the world as we know it, undermining democracy jihd the nation-state on which it depends. Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient bafber inefficient in presence of globalization. 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’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy.

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Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the benjamon of politics: McWorld may promote peace and prosperity, but Barber sees this as being done at the cost of vs.mcdorld and identityand notes that no more social justice or equality than necessary are needed to promote efficient economic production and consumption. People Who Read Jihad vs. Lechner and John Boli.


Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information. Looking for More Great Reads?

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. 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 benjamn democracy, that has fashioned its own liberal tradition.

Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for 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”. In a groundbreaking work, political scientist Benjamin R. But has the author been to a PFI hospital lately, listened to a speech by Tony Blair, or stood vs.mcwor,d a British rail platform and found himself addressed as a “customer”?

Your subscription to Read More was successful. 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. Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces.

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