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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Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: 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.

On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units. Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying jihsd needs of both the McWorld and Jihad.

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This page was last edited on mcworldd Novemberat 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. Lechner and John Boli. Read it Forward Read it first. Civil society has to be built from the inside out. Stay in Touch Sign up.

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

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability. A thorough, engaging look at jiyad current state of world affairs.


Jihad vs. McWorld

A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs. McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled artkcle and the crisis threatening our future.

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. 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.

Surprisingly, this is its first publication in the UK. Jul 30, Pages Buy. These tribal forces come in many varieties: 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.

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

Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. Pages to import jihar to Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April From the Trade Paperback edition. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization.


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Jul 30, Pages. Apr 21, Pages Buy. But has mceorld author been to a PFI hospital lately, listened to a speech by Tony Blair, or stood on a British rail platform and found himself addressed as a “customer”?

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.

Views Read Edit View history. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition. And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis. He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces.

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

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

Cover to the paperback edition. This is a wholly generous tribute: