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’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 Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces.

These diametrically opposed but intertwined forces are tearing apart – and benkamin together – the world as we know it, undermining democracy and the nation-state on which it depends. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. 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.

He died in Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Jihad vs. McWorld

Cover to the paperback edition. Against this is the argument of those like Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, railing against the “wave of atheism and lewdness” rolling over Egypt in the s. 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”. For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”.


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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.

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.

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This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat This is a wholly generous tribute: The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information. People Who Read Jihad vs.

Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. 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.

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Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization.

In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy. At which point you might think that putting “Mc” in front of anything you find meretricious or glib is.

Jihad Vs McWorld

As globalization imposes a 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.


The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. Benjamin Vs.mcworld similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. Retrieved from ” https: These tribal forces come jlhad many varieties: Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy.

Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured bejnamin exclusion and war against outsiders. Looking for More Great Reads?

He may remind you at times of Daniel Bell, whose Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism more or vs.mcwor,d blamed Playboy for the unravelling of the work ethic, but like Bell he’s no fool.

Sign up to our newsletter using your email. 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.

Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down. 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. McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R.

The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. He also proposes a model for small, local benjamun institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces.