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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Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. As neoliberal economic theory —not to be confused with social liberalism —is the force behind globalization, this critique is relevant jiyad a much larger scale.

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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. These tribal forces come in many varieties: People Who Read Jihad vs.

The index, incidentally, could do with some improvement. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. 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.


These diametrically opposed but strangely intertwined forces are tearing apart—and bringing together—the world as we know it, undermining democracy and the nation-state on which it depends.

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 He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces.

McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political scientist 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. Retrieved from ” https: From the Trade Paperback edition.

Apr mcworldd, Pages Buy. He points out artifle Islam has no word for “democracy” and has to use the Greek term. Also by Benjamin Barber.

McWorld may promote peace and prosperity, but Barber sees this as being done at the cost of independence and identity jjhad, and notes that no more social justice or equality than necessary are needed to promote efficient economic production and consumption. Stay in Touch Sign up.

Recent events have not exactly conspired to overturn its thesis, aeticle one might for the moment feel like reversing the word order, given who has been most visibly on the offensive lately.

Views Read Edit View history. 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 information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information.


Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency.

Surprisingly, this is its first publication in the UK.

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Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces. Barber uihad 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. Please try again later. Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders.

Those I’ve noticed are minor. 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.

And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis. How Globalism and Tribalism Mcworlr 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.

Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad.

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