"Jihad Vs McWorld" is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand the challenges facing us after the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and in light of the current conflict in the Middle East. In a groundbreaking work, political scientist ...
Benjamin R. Barber offers a penetrating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and tribal fundamentalism. These diametrically opposed but 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, 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 Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces. In this important book, now more timely than ever before, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic and in his new introduction sketches a democratic response to terrorism.
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