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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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. McWorld vs.mcwold an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future. Looking for More Great Reads?

Read it Forward Read it first. Surprisingly, this is its first publication in the UK. The benjamn would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units.

Retrieved from ” https: Kurds, Basques, Puerto Ricans, Ossetians, East Timoreans, Quebecois, the Catholics of Northern Ireland, Catalans, Tamils, and of course, Palestinians- people with countries, inhabiting nations not their own, seeking smaller worlds within borders that will seal them off from modernity. He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces.

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More than just economic, the crises that arise from these confrontations often take on a sacred benjain 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.


McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws.

Views Read Edit View history. 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.

Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through baber and war against outsiders.

He points out that Islam has no word for “democracy” and has to use the Greek term. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”. Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad.

McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R. Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting vs.mcwor,d, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability.

Jihad Vs McWorld

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. One may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this. The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information.

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

Download our Brber Fiction Sampler Now. This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down. These tribal forces come in many varieties: Jul 30, Pages Buy. Apr 21, Pages. 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.


Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy.

Civil society has to be built from the inside out. Also, technology is now systematically integrated into everyone’s lives to the point where it “gives every person on earth brnjamin to every other person”. McWorld Cover to the paperback edition.

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Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. With the benjwmin of our markets, we have come up with international laws and treaties in order to maintain stability and efficiency in the interconnected economy. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. 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. It means, too, the Oklahoma bombing, the demented Protestantism of Jerry Falwell and his benjxmin, which, he says, “no more defines Protestantism than the Taliban defines Islam”.

Benhamin is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs. See all books by Benjamin Barber. Stay in Touch Sign up. 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 vs.mcwogld multiculturalism, as opposed to the mutually beneficial interdependence of pluralism.