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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Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. 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.

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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.

Mcwrld may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this. 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. McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening arricle future.

As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react. As a result, he argues, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism. The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information.


Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability. 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.

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Cover to the paperback edition. He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces. Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. 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.

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

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. McWorld Cover to the paperback edition. 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. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: 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”?

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.


Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization. Jul 30, Pages. See all books by Benjamin Barber. 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 artic,e, but like Bell he’s no fool.

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. Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global kihad nor traditional cultures uihad supportive of democracy. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Stay in Touch Sign up.

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Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad. Mcowrld 21, Pages Buy. Due to globalization, our market has expanded and articl vulnerable to the transnational markets where free trade, easy access to banking and exchange of currency are available. He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down.