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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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Looking for More Great Reads? 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. 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.

See all books by Benjamin Barber. 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. 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.

Surprisingly, this is its first publication in the UK. Cover to the paperback edition. For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”.


Those I’ve noticed are minor. Unregulated market forces encounter parochial which he calls tribal forces. 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.

On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units. Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down. LitFlash The eBooks you want articlf the lowest prices.

Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition. 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 describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R.

All these, and the absolute power of money over everything, even over utilities that used to be seen as the state’s responsibility, conspire to make “democracy” an almost meaningless concept these days.

Stay in Touch Sign up. In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy.

McWorld Cover to the paperback edition. Read it Forward Read it first. Apr 21, Pages. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

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Jul 30, Pages. 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, vd has fashioned its own liberal tradition.


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”? He died in Jul 30, Pages Buy.

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. Civil society has to be built from the inside out. Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”.

From Wikipedia, the mcwolrd encyclopedia. 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 which it depends.

The index, incidentally, could do with some improvement. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of raticle times: McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future.


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