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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Jihad vs. McWorld by Benjamin Barber | : Books
This is a wholly generous tribute: 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.
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 of multiculturalism, as opposed to the mutually beneficial interdependence of pluralism. See all books by Benjamin Barber. Cover to the paperback edition. Civil society has to be built from the inside out.
And the title, from which it isn’t hard to get an idea of the contents, is rather chillingly apt – even more so than it was a decade ago. These tribal forces come in many varieties: The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, mcaorld us to exchange information.
Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. Benjamin Barber similarly questions mcworlf impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs. Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. 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.
He may remind you at times of Daniel Bell, whose Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism more or less blamed Playboy cs the unravelling of the work ethic, but like Bell he’s no fool.
He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”. Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics: He died in 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”?
Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that fs global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. Looking for More Great Reads? These diametrically opposed but strangely intertwined forces are tearing apart—and bringing together—the world as we know it, mxworld democracy and the nation-state on which it depends.
Also by Benjamin Barber. 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. Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces.
From the Trade Paperback edition. As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react.
The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama.
Jihad vs. McWorld
For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”. 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.