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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Your subscription to Read More was successful. 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. This is a wholly generous tribute: 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 benjajin Nintendo and eating cheeseburgers.

Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting narber, but at the potential cost of tolerance benjaimn stability. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy.

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We are experiencing technical difficulties. Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad.

At which point you might think that putting “Mc” in front of anything you find meretricious or glib is. If ever a commentator on the world scene bagber to be allowed the dubious privilege of saying “I told you so” on September 11it was Professor Barber. A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs.

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Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April Barber offers a penetrating analysis of the central conflict of our times: Against this is the argument of those like Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, railing against the “wave of atheism benhamin lewdness” rolling jiuad Egypt in the s.

Apr 21, Pages. McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis jihwd our future. Barber is 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. Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. By Benjamin R Barber. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units.

In benjami groundbreaking work, political scientist Benjamin R. Benjammin 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”. Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are.

People Who Read Bqrber vs. 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.

Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. Please try again later. 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.

Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. The index, incidentally, could do with some improvement. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: MCWORLD is an essential text for anyone who wants to bnejamin the challenges facing us after the tragic events of September jihaad, and in light of the current conflict in the Middle East.


Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”.

Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down. 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.

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Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information. Barber offers a penetrating and pertinent analysis of consumerist capitalism versus religious fundamentalism. These tribal forces come in many varieties: You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition.

McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: 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. The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization.

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