Views Read Edit View history. By Jihad, he does not mean Islamic religious warfare, but more generally fundamentalist, parochial interests that are deeply distrustful toward Western modernity. You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition. I wish that I had read this book when it came out and had 6 years to mull over it’s arguments before the attacks of September 11th. Apr 21, Pages. Retrieved from ” https:
I only wish I had read it sooner. Barber uses national or local case studies as exemplars of global trends. However, his writing was very repetitive and a little sloppy. Strangely enough, he doesn’t factor in the legacy of imperialism at all to this backlash, treating episodes of jihad within Western societies as equivalent to the more civilizational backlash going on globally. They become obsessed with their identity and group and often violent towards outsiders. Nov 10, Amanda rated it liked it Recommended to Amanda by: This way the US clean renewable energy industry will be the new energy source for the world and oil and other energy industrial sectors can survive by shifting their resources to the new renewable energy industry when this type of energy can become scalable.
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Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. While I can see this in 3rd world countries in which multi-nationals can dictate the terms into which they enter the market, I do not see this a problem in 1st world countries in which there are strong governmental mechanisms regulates government worst abuses.
McWorld may promote peace and prosperity, but Barber sees this as being done at the cost of independence and identityand notes that no more social justice or equality than necessary are needed to promote efficient economic production and consumption.
Barber’s analysis both readable and sophisticated. But the mcqorld are the children of McWorld, and their objections are not Jihadic but merely democratic.
The author sees laissez-faire economics as responsible for a rise in tribalism within societies what he unwisely terms “jihad” and excessive individualism jhiad consumerism “McWorld”. Since the book was published two more autocratic regimes that started out with a hybrid government have fallen in favor of Democratic leadership, that is Indonesia and South Korea.
Jihad vs. McWorld
Provocative, but not incendiary. He also talks about the eroding state controls of autocratic regimes of the East because of mcwor,d of McWorld culture. Is this how we want to portray ourselves to the world? Not very objective, but still a good read.
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See all books by Benjamin Barber. Mcowrld is a lot of padding, which can lead to awkwardly written, sometimes mind-boggling sentences, like this one: While there are some amusing nuggets – especially reading it during the News of the World phone hacking scandal – the tone is serious. Thedis author of this book condemns America almost as much as he criticizes the jihadist terrorists who attacked America on September Sep 26, Andrew rated it it was ok.
What I did enjoy was that the majority of the book was solid and packed with inquisitions into where we are headed in terms of globalization and democracy.
Please try again later. Other than through this venue, I would not have cared about the environment because that is not my inherent interest. 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 od brand suffers.
What Barber does analyse is the relationship between McWorld — a 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.
It makes it possible for them to travel to, communicate with, and understand other cultures even if they are consuming them, in a sense. Also the most troubling aspect of these chapters is the fact that these media outlets have engaged in “synergy” which o basically monopoly of the media outlets which in the end decreases consumer choice. Books by Benjamin R.
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I read this book within 24 hours. The fact that there could be legitimate debate on that point says a lot in itself.
The question is will the US be ready to compete with a liberal democratic China unfettered by governmental constraints currently placed on entrepreneurship of its people. We are experiencing technical difficulties.
The key point seems to be that the relationship between the two is one of mutual dependence as much as, or probably more than, the commonly accepted mutual destruction. Sep 28, Zachary Jones added it Recommends it for: What Barber does analyse is the relationship between McWorld — a world of comfortable, airconditioned, and uniform living where every mall is alike and everyone manifests one’s highly individual persona by wearing the same sneakers and using the same smartphones everyone else does — and Jihad — a world of discomfort, scarcity, and hard labour where there aren’t any malls, or they’re too expensive for the majority to even enter, and everyone is busy making cheap t-shirts to be sold in those malls somewhere else.
As Barber states at the beginning, he is not trying to analyse only the hardline Muslim counter-reaction to the West. He uses the term jihad to mean sectarian violence and the MacWorld as free-flow global capitalism. Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders.
Republicans want to drill in the US for oil but I jibad not like this idea right now.