I think if anything this has become an imperative for America to seek alternative energy sources to energy. But the protesters are the children of McWorld, and their objections are not Jihadic but merely democratic. Because only by giving people a voice within their own countries as well as a means to live ie: Other than through this venue, I would not have cared about the environment because that is not my inherent interest. You just had to buy his book and read the whole thing to understand: What a phenomenal book, takes on the unforeseen results of globalization that have brought about such significant change in the world for the past 20 years and while it was written in , turns out to be spot on for the current foreign policy moves our country has made recently. I think in the advent of irreversible globalization that has shifted manufacturing jobs oversees, the capita-gains tax break should be targeted towards investments that will actually help innovative new American companies grow and succeed as well as increasing tax breaks and subsidies to these companies.
This way the US clean renewable energy industry will be the new energy source for the world and oil and other energy industrial sectors can survive by shifting their resources to the new renewable energy industry when this type of energy can become scalable. 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. I think that it grounds the reasons for the attack very clearly in the shifting attitu What a phenomenal book, takes on the unforeseen results of globalization that have brought about such significant change in the world for the past 20 years and while it was written in , turns out to be spot on for the current foreign policy moves our country has made recently. What a phenomenal book, takes on the unforeseen results of globalization that have brought about such significant change in the world for the past 20 years and while it was written in , turns out to be spot on for the current foreign policy moves our country has made recently. Is this how we want to portray ourselves to the world?
In Russia at least the early capitalist reform and the resultant increase in organized crime and unemployment caused a significant backlash that resulted in present government and economy that has facade of a democratic market-system but is actually a state-run oligarchy head by Putin, the strong man behind the power.
Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. When I bought it, it seemed quite prescient, and having studied some anthropology, I thought his thesis was really important.
This is a wholly generous tribute: As he states, communist China, Singapore, and Vietnam are all autocratic regimes that have a thriving capitalistic system.
There’s probably a reason why one should read “current affairs” books when they are current. This book is a must read, not only for the analysis of Islamic fundamentalism and global Jihad, but for the way it skewers the emptiness of American popular culture as well.
A worthwhile introduction of thoughts on the relationship between personal identity, sovereignty, and nationality. I remember that this book caught some flak from some other scholars in the field.
Jan 28, Gerald rated it it was amazing. He also talks about the eroding state controls of autocratic regimes of the East because of enculturation of McWorld culture.
He merely presents evidence thseis globalization has a tendency to marginalize what he calls “the terminal world” while at the same time undermining democratization of exploited and underprivileged peoples across the world, fomenting the very causes linked to Jihad.
As globalization imposes a culture of its og on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react.
These tribal forces come in many varieties: Barber argues that democracy on the global level is jiuad by both McWorld and jihad. He further posits that McWorld could ultimately win the “struggle”.
Review: Jihad vs McWorld by Benjamin R Barber | Books | The Guardian
The antidote, Barber concludes, is to work everywhere to resuscitate the non-governmental, non-business spaces in life–he calls them “civic spaces” such as the village green, voluntary associations of every sort, churches, community schools –where true citizenship thrives. Jihad and McWorld can co-exist in fact, jihad might be impossible without the technology of McWorld but the true victim of this struggle is democracy, to which both forces are opposed.
Apr 21, Pages Buy. If there’s a weakness in the book, it is in Barber’s solutions to these issues.
Jihad vs. McWorld by Benjamin Barber | : Books
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 theiss no fool.
Whereas mulit-cuturalism takes a benign form in America which means each individuals background is celebrated, in other parts of the world the provincialism against thdsis and parochialism local government self-determination can lead to ethnic cleansing wars a la Bosnia, Rwanda, and Iraqi sectarian violence. Opposition to free-market fundamentalism was almost exclusively the work of unions, left-wing professors, socialist parties and the like. No trivia or quizzes yet.
I told you so
Return to Book Page. I literally could not put it down! 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.
Jul 30, Pages. People resist, again, both as groups and as individuals, or, often out of fear, Barber’s analysis of the current world situation seems sad but basically true. Barber’s analysis of the current world situation seems sad but basically true.
Too often now, how we think is the product of a transnational corporation increasingly, a media corporation with headquarters elsewhere.
Barber offers no clear answer, but I think that McWorld offers the best opportunity for this. Mmcworld Barber wrote this book, he identified nationalism as a greater threat to democracy than religious fundamentalism – a view that seems so shockingly out-of-touch today. 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.
Jihad vs. McWorld
I do think that the title is problematic, not jihwd because Jihad seems to point only to Islam as the model for nationalism and identity politics, but mostly because it simply is an inadequate description of what he is trying to describe. I was not convinced at all by his central tactic, namely lumping all of the various forms of idiosyncratic government, ethnocentric culture, provincialism, traditionalism, o religious orientation whether or not fundamentalist under the rubric “Jihad”.
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