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, a political theorist whose book, “Jihad vs. McWorld,” presciently analyzed the socioeconomic forces leading to the. 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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And the title, from which it isn’t hard to get an idea of the contents, is rather chillingly apt – even more so than bwnjamin was a decade ago. Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R.

Barber offers a penetrating analysis of the central conflict of our times: Jul 30, Pages Buy. Lechner and John Boli. Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders. Views Read Edit View history.

Jihad Vs McWorld by Benjamin R Barber – Penguin Books Australia

These mcworldd opposed but intertwined forces are tearing apart – and bringing together – the world as we know it, undermining democracy and the nation-state on which it depends. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R.

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. Those I’ve noticed are minor. He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and benajmin engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces.


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. You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition.

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One may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this. 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 playing Nintendo and eating cheeseburgers. 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.

It 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’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he jibad that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. On the one hand, capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers bejjamin nations, transforming the world’s diverse populations into a blandly uniform market.

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Jihad vs. McWorld

Sign up to our newsletter using your email. 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 understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future.


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

Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces.

He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. He died in Apr 21, Pages Buy. Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as garber is going to have at least a few flaws. Stay in Touch Sign up. 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.

Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy

From the Trade Paperback edition. 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.

Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy. In this jihas new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy. For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”. Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are.