Barber’s analysis of how savage capitalism and forces of those who haven’t been able to reap the comfortable fruits of it fight back is still very much worth reading. Oct 10, Edith rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I read this in college and thought it was really good. Sep 28, Zachary Jones added it Recommends it for: I actually think this is a good thing if global corporation advertise them as responsible global citizens then, they have to live up to that image or their brand suffers.
Nov 15, Kenton Smith rated it liked it Shelves: The author sees laissez-faire economics as responsible for a rise in tribalism within societies what he unwisely terms “jihad” and excessive individualism and consumerism “McWorld”. He rightly that Capitalism is simply a tool. McWorld has largely changed the way individuals in the West think of themselves, exchanging being a citizen for being a consumer. One may expect Guardian readers in particular to raise a cheer about this.
Jihad vs. McWorld
Nonetheless, even after the elections, which saw a significant increase in citizen engagement and activity in the electoral process, we seem to have a government jjhad remains incapable to serving the basic needs of the polity. 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.
Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy. I read this book within 24 hours. The last twenty years have seen this concept play out countless times and although I haven’t read the book in this century, I feel that it will remain insightful for those looking to gain greater understanding of our complex and often baffling world.
But has the author been to a PFI hospital lately, listened to a speech by Tony Blair, or stood on jihaad British rail platform and found himself addressed as a “customer”? Although capitalism could have mcwotld grown to current levels in the soil lf democracies, Benjamin Barber argues that global capitalism now tends to work against the very concept of citizenship, of people thinking for themselves and with their neighbors.
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 cosmopolitanism and parochialism local government self-determination can lead to ethnic cleansing wars a la Bosnia, Rwanda, and Iraqi sectarian violence.
These tribal forces come in many varieties: Once the images changes, then Hollywood films will change and thus American cultural images will change too.
I remember that this book caught some flak from some other scholars in the field. 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 inturns out to be spot on for the current foreign policy moves our country has made recently.
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.
Jihad vs. McWorld by Benjamin Barber | : Books
Published July 30th by Ballantine Books first published Any book as ambitious and wide-ranging as this is going to have at least a few flaws. Barber writes democracy can be spread and secured through the world satisfying the needs of both the McWorld and Jihad.
Too often now, how we think is the product of a transnational corporation increasingly, a media corporation with headquarters elsewhere.
The question is will the US mcowrld ready to compete with a liberal democratic China unfettered by governmental constraints currently placed on entrepreneurship of its people. Hmm, if only someone had been paying attention How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World is a book by American political scientist Benjamin Barberin thesus he puts forth a theory that describes the struggle between “McWorld” globalization and the corporate control of the political process and ” Jihad ” Arabic term for “struggle”, here modified to mean tradition and traditional valuesin the form of extreme nationalism or religious orthodoxy and theocracy.
This brings up an interesting point, if multi-national firms even ones that originate from the US have completely decoupled itself from national loyalty, then why is the US still subsidizing some of these companies as well as giving people who have capital, capital-gains tax breaks that may benefit the multi-national bottom-line but do not necessarily benefit the US economy while at the same time taking money from American coffers in a time of increasing deficits?
Books by Benjamin R. Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability.
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Wow, now that is a great idea! His cases are drawn largely from inside the West.
In these two chapters he tries to shock people into seeing how globalization is a bad thing. I think that I would have had a much better understanding of the motives behind many of the people iihad the United States continues to fight in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq as well as through other parts of the world if I had read this prior to September 11th.
In the US, this means believing in the Constitution and the beliefs of the Founding Father’s as well as English being spoken as the official language so there is some sort of commonality that binds Americans. Some readers will inevitably find Barber’s dialectic between jiihad two worlds way tinted with not so fresh winds of Marxist thesiss analysis.
Review: Jihad vs McWorld by Benjamin R Barber | Books | The Guardian
While its true corporations market itself in the sole goal in order to make money, using marketing to highlight social issues is also a good thing because it shows social issues that might have not been brought to an awareness of the consumer. The rub, then, is to extend structures like those that exist at home to the international sphere. Inspired by Tyesis Browsing History. Thus, a capitalist systems serves only as catalyst for democracy itself.
He calls for a renewal tjesis democratic sensibility; reinvigoration of our common spaces his defense of the word “public” in the term “public option” for health insurance in a recent Huffington Post article is, I think, an example of what he might mean by this and voluntary civic organizations, a la Putnam in Bowling Alone.
It makes it possible for them to travel to, communicate with, and understand other cultures even if they are consuming them, mcdorld a sense.