"An important new book."--Newsweek"Mr. Barber is. . . the first to put Jihad and McWorld together in an inescapable dialectic . . . . [It] stands as a bold invitation to debate the broad contours and future of society."--Barbara Ehrenreich The New ...
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"COMPELLING. . . IMPRESSIVE. . . A thorough, engaging look at the current state of world affairs." --The American Reporter Jihad vs. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and tribal fundamentalism. These diametrically opposed but strangely intertwined forces are tearing apart--and bringing together--the world as we know it, undermining democracy and the nation-state on which it depends. On the one hand, consumer capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers between nations, transforming the world's diverse populations into a blandly uniform market. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units. Jihad vs. McWorld is the term that distinguished writer and political scientist Benjamin R. Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. In this important new book, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic for democracy. A work of persuasive originality and penetrating insight, Jihad vs. McWorld holds up a sharp, clear lens to the dangerous chaos of the post-Cold War world. Critics and political leaders have already heralded Benjamin R. Barber's work for its bold vision and moral courage. Jihad vs. McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future. "CHALLENGING AND INSTRUCTIVE." --San Francisco Chronicle "BARBER IS WELL WORTH READING. . . FOR AN INTRODUCTION TO THE REAL WORLD, LOOK AT JIHAD vs. McWORLD." --The Nation "STIMULATING, TARTLY WRITTEN." --Publishers Weekly
In this book you will find a detailed analysis of capitalism, corporativism, consumerism and their derivates such as nationalism, religious integralism, mafia that the author collects under the name of "Jihad". I would warmly recommend this part.In this book you will find a detailed analysis of capitalism, corporativism, consumerism and their derivates such as nationalism, religious integralism, mafia that the author collects under the name of "Jihad". I would warmly recommend this part. The reason for my low vote is based on the conclusions that I find a bit naive after such a detailed analysis.
I don't share the enthusiasm and belief in democracy as the only way to mediate between the market and identity for two reasons: one is that we give for granted that they are both essential and they might not be so and the other is because as consumers are not born such, citizen are not aware of their political power unless otherwise instructed and there is no school that teaches citizenship and its importance. On the other hand the Italian situation clearly shows that corrupted politicians can change laws in their favour or weaken citizen power by making elections indirect with the citizen unable to vote for a specific person but having to embrace the party's ideology (which is usually vague to attract as many voters as possible). Unfortunately, I have only a pessimistic view and critic to offer, I don't see a way out....Continua Nascondi