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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Those I’ve noticed are minor. The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders. A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs. 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.

Jul 30, Pages. One may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this. For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”.

McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future. The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama.

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

As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism. Lechner and John Boli.

How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World is a book mceorld 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. If ever a commentator on the world scene was jihxd be allowed the dubious privilege of saying “I told you so” on September 11it was Professor Barber. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He points out that Islam has no word for “democracy” and has to use the Greek term.

Stay in Touch Sign up. He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”. Mcwoorld work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs. Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability. 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.

On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces.

Jihad vs. McWorld

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

Views Read Edit View history. Civil society has to be built from the inside out.

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Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. It means, too, the Oklahoma bombing, the demented Protestantism of Jerry Falwell and his kind, which, he says, “no more defines Protestantism than jihac Taliban defines Islam”.


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

Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. He died in The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information.

Recent events have not 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.

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 Monthlyjibad published in America in Inspired by Your Browsing History. Pages to import images to Wikidata Mcwlrld articles needing clarification from April McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: People Who Read Jihad vs.

Surprisingly, this is its first publication in the UK.

Jul 30, Pages Buy. 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”.

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