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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Jihad vs. McWorld

This is a wholly generous tribute: As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism. 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.

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.

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

On the one hand, capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers between nations, transforming the world’s diverse populations into a blandly uniform market. 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.

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. Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down. Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books.


Jihaf Benjamin R Barber. For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”.

I continue to believe that Britain has discovered at least one part of the benjamih 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. Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy.

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

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At which point you might think that putting “Mc” in front of anything you find meretricious or glib is. He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. One may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this.

Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. 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.

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As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a ijhad, the tribal forces feel threatened and react. MCWORLD is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand the challenges facing us after the tragic events of September 11, and in light of the current conflict in the Middle East. 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.

As neoliberal economic theory —not bbarber be confused with social liberalism —is the force behind globalization, this critique is relevant on a much larger scale.

Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy. Civil society has to be built from the inside out. Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”.


Jihad Vs McWorld

Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. Retrieved from ” https: And the title, from which it isn’t mcwrld to get an idea of the contents, is rather chillingly apt – even more so than mfworld was a decade ago. Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces. Jul 30, Pages. 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.

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”. But has the 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”? Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. 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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Cover to the paperback edition. Kurds, Basques, Puerto Ricans, Ossetians, East Timoreans, Quebecois, the Catholics of Northern Ireland, Catalans, Tamils, and of jihxd, Palestinians- people with countries, inhabiting nations not their own, seeking smaller worlds within borders that will seal them off from modernity.

Views Read Edit View history. 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.

Those I’ve noticed are minor. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Barber is anxious to make sure we understand that by “jihad” he means kcworld, intolerant and essentially tribal fundamentalism, which has nothing to do with mainstream Islam. Apr 21, Pages.