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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Looking for More Great Reads? Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April This is a wholly generous tribute: On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal mcworlx.

McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R. Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential mihad of tolerance and stability. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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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. Those I’ve noticed are minor. And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis. Please try again later.

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”. 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.

Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces.


Jihad vs. McWorld

The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama.

Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as aarticle secured through exclusion and war against outsiders. Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”. As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react.

This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization. Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. See all books by Benjamin Barber.

Jihad vs. McWorld

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. 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.

Kurds, Basques, Puerto Ricans, Ossetians, East Timoreans, Quebecois, the Catholics of Northern Ireland, Artcile, Tamils, and of course, Palestinians- people with countries, inhabiting nations not their jihav, seeking smaller worlds within borders that will seal them off from modernity. 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.


A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs. 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.

He points out that Islam has no word for “democracy” and has to use the Greek term. As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism.

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. 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. Mcworl 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 information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information.