Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World
by Benjamin R. Barber, Andrea Schulz (Editor)
This morning I heard Dr. barber speaking on C-Span2. He was fascinanting with his views on democracy and globalism. I immediately jumped here to see what I could learn about him and his books. This is a beginning...
Quoting From Booklist
Barber, director of Rutgers' Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of
Democracy and author of Strong Democracy (1984), An Aristocracy of Everyone
(1992), and several other books, expands on an Atlantic article in this devastating
study of the threat to democracy and the nation-state implicit in the conflicting,
paradoxically interdependent demands of provincialism and global consumerism.
Together, proactive "McWorld" and reactive "Jihad" create "a world in which our
only choices are the secular universalism of the cosmopolitan market and the
everyday particularism of the fractious tribe," a world with no concern for equality
or justice and no mechanism to produce public goods, a world in which the
individual may be blood brother or blood enemy, will certainly be a consumer, but
can hope to be a citizen only to the extent that new, countervailing forms of civil
society develop at the local, national, and international levels. Barber's analysis of
"McWorld" (particularly the "videology" imposed by its "infotainment telesector")
and of "Jihad" opposition to modernity in nation-states around the world
dramatizes the challenges facing those who hope to preserve citizenship and
democratic institutions and use them to restrain the destructive anarchy that
"Jihad" and "McWorld" share. Mary Carroll --This text refers to an out of print or
unavailable edition of this title.