Global Jihad vs. McWorld The two axial principles of our age—tribalism and globalism—clash at every point except one: they may both be threatening to democracy March Issue Link Copied Just beyond the horizon of current events lie two possible political futures—both bleak, neither democratic. The first is a retribalization of large swaths of humankind by war and bloodshed: a threatened Lebanonization of national states in which culture is pitted against culture, people against people, tribe against tribe—a Jihad in the name of a hundred narrowly conceived faiths against every kind of interdependence, every kind of artificial social cooperation and civic mutuality. The planet is falling precipitantly apart AND coming reluctantly together at the very same moment. States are breaking up or joining up: the Soviet Union has disappeared almost overnight, its parts forming new unions with one another or with like-minded nationalities in neighboring states.

Author:Kazrale Zulull
Language:English (Spanish)
Published (Last):27 May 2016
PDF File Size:11.33 Mb
ePub File Size:9.32 Mb
Price:Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]

McWorld Cover to the paperback edition. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. We have to face the fact that jobs that can be offshored will be offshored and nothing we can do will change that. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

That middle section on Jihad though, just feels really poorly supported, and uninformed about some of the things he derides. Jihad vs. Mmcworld 30, Pages. Dec 18, Daniel rated it really liked it. Like the US, I see a role for these Fundamentalist in government as long as they do not take over the government.

By jihad a regrettable termhe means the ethnic, nationalist, and religious backlash to what Barber sees as the homogenizing, hollow goods and images of McWorld. By McWorld, he means a varient of the Marxist idea of hegemonic power, though it is not connected to an individual nation-state, but rather driven by multi-national corporate entities. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition. I actually like the idea of multi-culturalism in terms of preserving once background culture as long as a dominant nationalistic pride predominates. Jun 09, Justin Dell rated it really liked it. McWorld Many people find globalization to be a major threat to their traditions, homelands, and values, and A low-ish score for this uneven, hyperbolic, and vague book that nevertheless has a very compelling central claim.

McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R. Hmm, if only someone had been paying attention Opposition to free-market fundamentalism was almost exclusively the work of unions, left-wing professors, socialist parties and the like.

Barber laments the decline of the nation-state as the guardian of democracy, the only real embodiment of sovereignty, and the only check against the power of international capital.

Sep 28, Zachary Jones added it Recommends it for: Barber is no radical, but then radical reform would require crises mobilizing coherent and enduring movements, something like the socialist movement of the last century and a half, and that itself is an uncertain proposition.

Sep 26, Andrew rated it it was ok. A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs. Sep 24, Dean Wells rated it really theiss it. Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. I think it was worth reading, but certainly the cover is not entirely representative of the content.

These engaged citizens do not act as special interest groups that are narrowly defined by their individual causes but rather in civic institutions that benefit the public as a whole. The Left, while perhaps not quite championing these things, has certainly cozied up to them, perhaps because it now sees in these allies in its fight for greater diversity in the Western world — what would appear to be its preeminent concern these days.

But whereas he sees globalized Capital as a force for bad, I see it as a force for good especially if it is coupled with diplomatic pressure from the US to democratize that countries economy. The author rightly points out that the only cure to Jihadism is democracy in these countries with a striving middle class and thus takes a more holistic approach as a solution to terrorism rather than a more surgical approach favored by the military.

McWorld has created bridges between cultures in the interest of profit. You May Also Like.


Jihad vs. McWorld

The following article from The Atlantic Online , has been reposted here. It looks at the issue of democracy and how neither terrorism nor corporate globalization necessarily support democracy. While written back in , it seems quite relevant today. Jihad Vs. McWorld By Benjamin R.

AFH 10-222 AND PDF

Jihad vs. McWorld by Benjamin Barber | : Books

McWorld[ edit ] Barber argues that there are several imperatives that make up the McWorld, or the globalization of politics : a market imperative, a resource imperative, an information-technology imperative, and an ecological imperative. 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. 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. Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization. The information-technology of globalization has opened up communications to people all over the world, allowing us to exchange information.

Related Articles