THESIS OF JIHAD VS MCWORLD
So, I think the oil companies can actually diversify their portfolio and invest in clean renewable energy in the US while selling their oil abroad to the growing global middle class. Instead, ‘Jihad’ for Barber is more concerned with tribalistic, exclusivist, nationalistic identities that emerge as a reaction to an all-encompassing, soulless and faceless imperialist economic-system that destroys culture worldwide in order to create homogeneity for saleability; a world to be dominated by hedonistic consumerism driven by markets that is fu I read this book within 24 hours. The biggest problem of the book, however, is the blurring of conceptual lines between McWorld and his vague argument for a global civil society. Feb 03, Ilana rated it liked it. He proposes having an active global civil society as the first step in overcoming the effects of these two forces and the struggle between them. Moreover, Barber’s real critique of globalization is that it is spiritually hollow and destructive of local cultures, values, and meanings.
Feb 03, Ilana rated it liked it. Given that these companies are mutli-national entities, how can we lessen the cultural friction that these companies present themselves and thus adversely effects us? He states that current multi-national companies only see profits and hire globally without any loyalty one country. As we understand it today, liberal democracy and Islamic fundamentalism cannot coexist because fundamentalism necessitate complete submission to God’s tenets so it goes against anything modern. 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. Instead, ‘Jihad’ for Barber is more concerned with tribalistic, exclusivist, nationalistic identities that emerge as a reaction to an all-encompassing, soulless and faceless imperialist economic-system that destroys culture worldwide in order to create homogeneity for saleability; a world to be dominated by hedonistic consumerism driven by markets that is fundamentally incompatible with engaged, democratic citizenry. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Wow, now that is a great idea! All these, and the absolute power of money over everything, even thwsis utilities that used to be seen as the state’s responsibility, conspire to make “democracy” an almost meaningless concept these days.
By all accounts Egypt seems t have a good enough middle class that is moderate in its views toward Islam.
Jihad vs. McWorld
Provocative, but not incendiary. Many people find globalization to be a major threat to their traditions, homelands, and values, and thrsis try to return to a golden age of tribal, national, or religious greatness to defend themselves.
Similarly, the opening up in East Germany to capitalistic forces and the resulting high unemployment rate led to a backlash neo-Nazi groups which are xenophobic and rise of communist party into local government. But the protesters are the children of McWorld, and their objections are not Jihadic but merely democratic. I thesjs had thexis hopes for this one. The ideas discussed within this book are extremely interesting, however at times they are terribly dated or geared at a very specific group of international theorists.
Jihad vs. McWorld – Wikipedia
McWorld, which he seems rather better at defining and attacking, is the “sterile cultural monism” we are all now very familiar with; the world of “shallow but uniform” consumer culture seen in shopping malls across the developed world, and encroaching on the developing world fast. 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.
That’s not Jihad against McWorld, that’s a people who has received enormous abuse wanting some breathing space from their abusers.
Sep 28, Zachary Jones added it Recommends it for: Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. 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”? Moreover, this has also been an age of far less war, disease, and persecution than any other.
Review: Jihad vs McWorld by Benjamin R Barber | Books | The Guardian
By Jihad, he does not mean Islamic religious warfare, but more generally fundamentalist, parochial interests that are deeply distrustful toward Western modernity. The question is will the US be ready to compete with a liberal democratic China unfettered by governmental constraints currently placed on entrepreneurship of its people.
These safety nets, however, are often lacking at the international level, leading to “wild capitalism” that has seriously messed up certain countries Russia, for instance. 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. I think we should tap oil reserves in the US if “all hell breaks lose” and we are in a global war that makes us decouple from the rest of the world.
He merely presents evidence that 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. The engine for the contrapetalism tearing peoples apart, both as groups and as individuals, is global capitalism. I think the whole alternative clean-energy movement is a great thing in America.
But, I think for a true democracy to happen it cannot happen overnight rather it takes time. Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy.
It is now the American right of Donald Trump that attacks free trade, common currencies, outsourcing and offshoring, open borders, the media, elites, mcwlrld so on. Because wheres capitalism needs security to thrive, it does not necessarily need democracy to thrive. I suppose you could think of this text as a neo-Rousseauian polemic against very free-market capitalism and runaway materialism.
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The biggest problem of the book, however, is the blurring of conceptual lines between McWorld and his vague argument for a global civil society. People resist, again, both as groups jihd as individuals, or, often out of fear, they are co-opted into the system. Sep 24, Dean Wells rated it really liked it.
I don’t know a whole lot on that latter subject, and it was interesting to read about. I have no doubt that China will follow this path too if they really want to compete with the US in the global economy. A little too dramatic and pessimistic for my mcworls Cover to the paperback edition.