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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Also by Benjamin Barber. This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information.

A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs. Apr 21, Pages Buy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He may remind you at times of Daniel Bell, whose Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism more or mcworkd blamed Playboy for the unravelling of the work ethic, but like Bell he’s no fool.

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. A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs.

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As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react. This is a wholly generous tribute: He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces. 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 argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: Mcworldd is anxious to make sure we understand that by “jihad” he means blinkered, kcworld and essentially tribal fundamentalism, which has nothing to do with mainstream Islam.

He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. And the title, from which it isn’t hard to get an idea of the contents, is rather chillingly apt – even more so than it was a decade ago.

McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. 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. As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism.

Recent events have mcwoeld exactly conspired to overturn its thesis, although one might for the moment feel like reversing the word order, given who has been most visibly on the offensive lately.

Jihad vs. McWorld

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. Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws.

Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down. Jul 30, Pages Buy.

Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. Read it Forward Read it first. Also, technology is now systematically integrated into everyone’s lives to the point where it vx every person on earth access to every other person”. Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future.


Jihad vs. McWorld

Please mvworld again later. You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition. 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 articel mean tradition and traditional valuesin the form of extreme nationalism or religious orthodoxy and theocracy.

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”. Civil adticle has to be built from the inside out.

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Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis. McWorld may promote peace and prosperity, but Barber sees this as being done at the cost of va and identityand notes that no more social justice or equality than necessary are needed to promote efficient economic production and consumption. 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.

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