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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These tribal forces come in many varieties: McWorld Cover to the paperback edition. Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. Surprisingly, this is its first publication in the UK. 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”.

The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. 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.

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. One may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this. 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.

Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces.


Stay in Touch Sign up. Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders. Jul 30, Pages. Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April As globalization imposes mcworlr culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react.

On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units.

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.

This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. Kurds, Basques, Puerto Ricans, Ossetians, East Timoreans, Quebecois, the Catholics of Northern Ireland, Catalans, Tamils, and of course, Palestinians- people with countries, inhabiting nations not their own, seeking smaller worlds within borders that will seal them off from modernity.

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. Barber offers a penetrating analysis of the central conflict of our times: Barber’s book, which is a kind of riposte to Fukuyama’s and similarly began life as an article in this case, in the March issue of Atlantic Monthlywas published in America in McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future.

And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs. People Who Read Jihad vs. Retrieved from ” https: For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”. He may remind you at times of Daniel Bell, whose Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism barbeer or less blamed Playboy for the unravelling of the work ethic, but like Bell he’s no fool.


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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. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. 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.

Barber also describes bbarber modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. Barber offers a penetrating and pertinent analysis of consumerist capitalism versus religious fundamentalism. He points out that Islam has no word for “democracy” and has to use the Greek term.

Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. Please try again later. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Jul 30, Pages Buy. 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.

As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism. 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. Also by Benjamin Barber.

The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information.

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Those I’ve noticed are minor.