Add to Cart About Jihad vs. 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.
Although this is great in terms of American cultural hegemony. He uses the term jihad to mean sectarian violence and the MacWorld as free-flow global capitalism.
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.
Although I am not heavily pro-environment, I do see the need for clean-energy industry movement to grow because since America is the predominant consumer of energy and given all forms of energy is limited then it makes sense to have technology that will harness renewable energy and thus grow a new industry.
Mar 21, Patrick rated it liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. In chapter 4, he tries to shock us by stating that corporations are increasingly becoming political in their branding of itself by showing consumers that they are global corporate responsible citizens.
Once the images changes, then Hollywood films will change and thus American cultural images will change too.
In Russia at least the early capitalist reform and the resultant Jihad vs mc world in organized crime and unemployment caused a significant backlash that resulted in present government and economy that has facade of a democratic market-system but is actually a state-run oligarchy head by Putin, the strong man behind the power.
Barber describes the solidarity needed within the concept of Jihad as being secured through exclusion and war against outsiders. Civil society has to be built from the inside out. So, I think the oil companies can actually diversify their portfolio and invest in clean renewable energy in the US while selling their oil abroad to the growing global middle class.
Jihad[ edit ] Barber sees Jihad as offering solidarity and protecting identities, but at the potential cost of tolerance and stability.
Also if one wants to, one can block out advertisement with the new technology of DVR, one can ignore advertisements of one chooses. In the international arena, he advocates the formation of Confederation of ethnicities at their heart having civic institution that has its heart engaged citizens in order to have a foundational basis for democratic institutions.
Is this how we want to portray ourselves to the world? In the book, he focuses on China as although they have been successful so far in placing a political clamp against democracy are exceedingly unable to block western culture from swamping China because they have become main players in globalization.
I think the Iraq and Egypt experiments in democracy will highly telling on how to proceed forward especially on the issue of can the Muslim Brotherhood thrive inside a democratic Egypt in which they have a stake but not a majority stake in government?
This theory will be tested out in Egypt. Finally, he gets to the heart of the issue of whether Islamic fundamentalism that so grips the middle east can coexist with capitalistic liberal democracy.
This does not take a genius to come up with this statement because the global supply-chain makes sure that America is interdependent with other countries for its needs.
Like the US, I see a role for these Fundamentalist in government as long as they do not take over the government. He cites the more we consume the infotertainment telecommunication culture the more we disengage from the real world.
Barber complains that America is more and more dependent on other countries. He states its a bad thing that corporations take advantage of social issues in order to market itself. It looks at the issue of democracy and how neither terrorism nor corporate globalization necessarily support democracy.
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. Now can they successfully transition from an autocratic capitalist rule to a more liberal democratic rule is the biggest question?
I do not think it is a coincidence that the rise of Christian right as a strong political movement in the US during W years mirrors that Islamic fundamentalism in the middle east following the unfettered rule of secular globalization that characterized the Clinton years. While an autocratic regime can slow the "shock value" of immediate capitalist market, the reform of the market into capitalist structure gradually undermines the autocratic regime.
On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units.
I actually like the idea of multi-culturalism in terms of preserving once background culture as long as a dominant nationalistic pride predominates. As for the decoupling of the American consumer from oil and our relationship to oil companies. Basically, by giving this people a democracy and a middle class existence will you give them a stake at living life.
But, I think for a true democracy to happen it cannot happen overnight rather it takes time. I guess one can change this by making people in the US conscious of the fact that these are not values we want as a society.
What he fails to realize in my view is that a capitalist system provides an environment in which liberal democracy can thrive once a majority of people of that country have a vibrant middle class.
Dec 26, Carol Storm rated it it was amazing This book is a must read, not only for the analysis of Islamic fundamentalism and global Jihad, but for the way it skewers the emptiness of American popular culture as well. The culture that Hollywood showcases to the world tends to be American superficial culture of sex, violence, and materialism.
For example for me, the only reason I have been increasingly more environmentally conscious is due to the advertising by companies that purport to be environmentally friendly.
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.Harvard Journal of Law & Technology Volume 9, Number 2 Summer JIHAD VS.
MCWORLD By Benjamin Barber. New York, N.y.: Times Books. Jihad vs. McWorld has 1, ratings and 81 reviews. Carol said: This book is a must read, not only for the analysis of Islamic fundamentalism and global /5.
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.
Democracy is being threatened, says Benjamin Barber, by a rampant, homogenizing, valueless capitalism (McWorld) on one hand and by fragmenting, fundamentalist ideologies (Jihad) on the other. "Jihad Vs McWorld" in Braving the New World: Jihad Vs.
McWorld Since World War II, up until the end of the s, two military superpowers dominated tile world scene. In addition, multinational (or perhaps more descriptively "transna-tional") corporations became major interna. Jihad vs. McWorld The following article from The Atlantic Online, has been reposted here.
It looks at the issue of democracy and how neither terrorism nor corporate globalization necessarily support democracy.Download