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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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.

This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat McWorld, which he seems rather better at defining and attacking, is mxworld “sterile cultural monism” we are all now very familiar with; the articls of “shallow but uniform” consumer culture seen in shopping malls across the developed world, and encroaching on the developing world fast.

He points out that Islam has no word for “democracy” and has to use the Greek term. Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization. Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. All these, and the absolute power of money over everything, even over utilities that used to be seen as the jihhad responsibility, conspire to make “democracy” an almost meaningless concept these days.

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For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”. Barber’s book, which is a kind of riposte to Fukuyama’s and similarly began life as an article in this case, in the March issue of Atlantic Monthlywas published in America in Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders.


He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. 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 mcwkrld it depends. Please try again later.

He also proposes a model for small, local democratic institutions and civic engagement as the hope for an alternative to these two forces.

Read it Forward Read it first. These tribal forces come in many varieties: Surprisingly, this is its first publication in the UK.

Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. Ncworld 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”.

The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. 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.

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”?

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Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing clarification from April And there is much to cheer in Barber’s analysis.

The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information. Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces. Recent events have not exactly jigad 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.

Jul 30, Pages. Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. Also, technology is now systematically integrated into everyone’s lives to the point where it “gives mcorld person on earth access to every other person”. 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.


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Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”. The jhad, Barber points out, is very similar to that of William Prynne’s artcle 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.

People Who Read Jihad vs. The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. Jul 30, Pages Buy. 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 ethic, but like Bell he’s no fool. 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.

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