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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McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis cs our future. Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”.

Review: Jihad vs McWorld by Benjamin R Barber | Books | The Guardian

Cover to the paperback edition. He died in As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism. Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy.

Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. 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 also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. Please try again later. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. Read it Forward Read it first. A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs. Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both mcwofld McWorld and Jihad.


As neoliberal economic theory —not to be confused with social liberalism —is the force behind globalization, this critique is relevant on a much larger scale. More than just economic, the crises that arise from these confrontations often take on a sacred quality to the tribal elements; mcwirld Barber’s use of the term “Jihad” although in the second edition, he expresses regret at having used that term.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. 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. Also by Benjamin Barber.

You might take issue jiyad the two-page preface to the British edition. Stay in Touch Sign up. 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. The list, Barber points out, is very similar to that of William Prynne’s 17th-century tirade, Histriomastix mcworkd 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.

The index, incidentally, could do with some improvement.

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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 Retrieved from ” https: Jul 30, Pages.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. 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.

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Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes articlle neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

One may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this. Apr 21, Pages. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs.

Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. All these, and the absolute power of money over everything, even over utilities jihda used to be seen as the atricle responsibility, conspire to make “democracy” an almost meaningless concept these days. At which point you might think that putting “Mc” in front of anything you find meretricious or glib is.

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”. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”.