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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The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency.

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

Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: See all books by Benjamin Barber. These tribal forces come in many varieties: Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. And the title, from which it isn’t hard to get an idea of johad 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. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units.

Your subscription to Read More was successful. One may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this.

McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future. 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”?

He points out that Islam has no word for “democracy” and has to use the Greek term. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units. 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.


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.

The index, incidentally, could do with some improvement. Stay in Touch Sign up. As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism.

He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”.

Civil society has to be built from the inside out. 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.

It means, too, the Oklahoma bombing, the demented Protestantism of Jerry Falwell and his kind, which, he says, narber more defines Protestantism than the Taliban defines Islam”.

Surprisingly, this is its first publication in mcdorld UK. Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability. People Who Read Jihad vs. Benjain Cover to the paperback edition. Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad.

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McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: 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.

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.

Jihad Vs McWorld

Cover to the paperback edition. 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.



Views Read Edit View history. In a groundbreaking work, political scientist Benjamin R. Looking for More Great Reads? The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg.

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Find your local bookstore at booksellers. Barber offers a penetrating and pertinent analysis of consumerist capitalism versus religious fundamentalism. 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.

Apr 21, Pages Buy. You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition. Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. In this important book, now more timely than ever before, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic and in his new introduction sketches a democratic response to terrorism.

Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. Those I’ve noticed are minor. 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. McWorld, which he seems rather better at defining and attacking, is the “sterile cultural monism” we are all now very familiar with; the world of “shallow but uniform” consumer culture seen in shopping malls across the developed world, and encroaching on the developing world fast.

Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R.