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. The author is a political theorist, so the book is heavy on abstraction and theorizing but low on data and case study. I only wish I had read it sooner. By all accounts Egypt seems t have a good enough middle class that is moderate in its views toward Islam. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Perhaps this is another good reason to compete with China’s economy head to head because in the long-run without Democratic reform their economy will lose. Barber is either too old or too reflexively negative to see this positive potential within McWorld. The only issue in which advertising can be seen as a negative are in countries in which there is low penetration of advertising and thus are more visibl and in traditional countries in which advertising becomes a stand in for “western values” in which can be seen as antithetical to the traditional societies values. A little too dramatic and pessimistic for my taste As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel threatened and react. When 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. Wish it wasn’t so sloppy and repetitive in its presentation.
The fundamentalists that support what he terms Jihad look backward a pretend golden age that would strip away the rights and openness that are associated with modern democratic government. It was written many years ago and so it is interesting to see how much has actually happened since this was written and the update in jihaf Jun 09, Justin Dell rated it really liked it. 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.
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. Both react against, but fs mutually reinforce, one another.
Jihad vs. McWorld
As much as he rants against capitalism, his book with the provocative title, enhanced by the clearly Muslim woman on the cover, was all for the profits and money. The only way to turn Muslim countries into stable liberal democracy is to actively favor moderate forms of Islam like Sufism while at the same time forcing autocratic rulers in the country to liberalize their economy to foster a growing middle class so when the wave democracy eventually takes route in those countries then they are less likely to decouple themselves from the global economy.
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.
Nov 12, Robyn rated it it was ok. Its screeds against “globalism,” free trade, common currencies, elites, multinational corporations and so on had, and still have, a decidedly leftist flavour.
He states its a bad thing that corporations take advantage of social issues in order to market itself. The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency. Because wheres capitalism needs security to thrive, it does not necessarily need democracy to thrive.
Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. Essentially, my main problem with this book is that it mcworlv childish and the writing style is the type that you wo The author of this book condemns America almost as much as he criticizes the jihadist terrorists who attacked America on September Barber is either too old or too reflexively negative to see this positive potential within McWorld.
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 mcworlc concept these days.
Whether Trump, like Mceorld, wants greater “democracy” to ameliorate these defects is debatable, though. McWorld has largely changed the way individuals in the West think of themselves, exchanging being a citizen for being a consumer.
Jihad vs. McWorld by Benjamin R. Barber
The only issue in which advertising can be seen as a negative are in countries in which there is low penetration of advertising and thus are more visibl and in traditional countries in which advertising becomes a stand in for “western values” in which can be seen as antithetical to the traditional societies values.
As a result, he mcworlr, different forms of anti-democratization can arise through anti-democratic one-party dictatorships, military juntas, or theocratic fundamentalism. So how can thhesis civil society be created when people are divided by geography, history, identity, etc? 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.
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Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy. 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 It means, too, the Oklahoma bombing, the demented Protestantism of Jerry Falwell and his kind, which, he says, “no more defines Protestantism than the Taliban defines Islam”.
McWorld has created bridges between cultures in the interest of profit. Barber’s analysis of how savage capitalism and forces of those who haven’t been able yhesis reap the comfortable fruits of it fight back is still very much mcwoeld reading.
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But he highlights an interesting point, that most of the oil reserves are in countries that may become politically unstable due to either ethnic divisions in that country or autocratic nature of mcword country that are at odds with democratic aspirations of their people.
I re-read Jihad vs McWorld to see if was still relevant after so many years and I found that it is, in fact, more relevant than ever.
I really did enjoy the parts dissecting McWorld and the insidious, unchecked advertising and information collection, made all the more dangerous by the modern laptop and cell phones we have perfected since For example, he devotes about as much time to Quebecois and Basque separatism as all of Asia.
Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. Those I’ve noticed are minor. He rightly that Capitalism is simply a tool.