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. I think the whole alternative clean-energy movement is a great thing in America. The only issue in which advertising can be seen as a negative are in countries in which there is low penetration of advertising and thus are more visibl and in traditional countries in which advertising becomes a stand in for “western values” in which can be seen as antithetical to the traditional societies values. 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. The author of this book condemns America almost as much as he criticizes the jihadist terrorists who attacked America on September
Instead, ‘Jihad’ for Barber is more concerned with tribalistic, exclusivist, nationalistic identities that emerge as a reaction to an all-encompassing, soulless and faceless imperialist economic-system that destroys culture worldwide in order to create homogeneity for saleability; a world to be dominated by hedonistic consumerism driven by markets that is fu I read this book within 24 hours. The last twenty years have seen this concept play out countless times and although I haven’t read the book in this century, I feel that it will remain insightful for those looking to gain greater understanding of our complex and often baffling world. Views Read Edit View history. The author is a political theorist, so the book is heavy on abstraction and theorizing but low on data and case study. Republicans want to drill in the US for oil but I do not like this idea right now. Critics of globalization and neoliberalism like Barber focus on the dark side of globalization and it’s a big one rather than weigh the problems against the gains.
He also makes an argument that capitalism undermines the interest of democratic citizenship.
Jihad vs. McWorld
Oct 10, Edith rated it it was amazing Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? And although self-determination is one of the most fundamental of democratic principles, unchecked it has lead to a tribalism think Bosnia, think Rwanda in which virtually no one besides the local power elite gets a fair shake.
In McWorld, people engage in a popular, consumer culture that has them watching, eating, wearing, and idolizing many of the same things. 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 mwcorld globally.
Also the most troubling aspect of these chapters is the fact that these media outlets have engaged in “synergy” which is basically monopoly of the media outlets which in the end decreases consumer choice.
The Left, while perhaps not quite championing these things, has certainly cozied up to them, perhaps because it now sees in these allies in its fight for greater diversity in the Western world – what would appear to be its preeminent concern these days. Nonetheless, even after the elections, which saw a significant increase in citizen engagement and activity in the electoral process, we seem to have a government that remains incapable to serving the basic needs of the polity.
I didn’t care for his insistence that “Jihad” could be made to mean literally any cultural expression at all.
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. He cites the more we consume the infotertainment telecommunication culture the more we disengage from the real world.
Barber’s best point is that the unrestrained capitalism of neoliberal globalization has wrought havoc on the lives and values of many people, especially in the Third World, and that structures of control similar to those existing at the national level must be extended to the global level if globalization is to live up to its promise of more peace and prosperity.
The engine for the contrapetalism tearing peoples apart, both as groups and as individuals, is global capitalism. Barber is anxious to make sure we understand that by “jihad” jihae means blinkered, intolerant and essentially tribal fundamentalism, which has nothing to do with mainstream Islam.
Among his targets were half-naked women, liquor, theatres, dance halls, newspapers, novels, “whims, silly games” and “vices”. The ideas discussed within this book are extremely interesting, however at times they are terribly dated or geared at a very specific group of international theorists.
Barber states that even though the US is losing the deficit war in fo of manufacturing jobs, and possibly soft vd jobs, we are winning the war in terms of new service jobs of the 21st thfsis because like always we create an industry out of thin air and run with it. He backs up in the Afterword, saying he just didn’t understand that people would take such offense to his misuse of the word Jihad to mean people in European countries daring to demand you speak Catalan in the Catalan universities, and that he really does like Muslim people, honest.
Jun 06, The Overflowing Inkwell jihxd it liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. The fundamentalists that support what he terms Jihad look backward a pretend golden age that would strip away the rights and openness that are associated with modern democratic government.
Review: Jihad vs McWorld by Benjamin R Barber | Books | The Guardian
Apr 05, Rhys rated it really liked it Shelves: I have no doubt that China will follow this path too if they really want to compete with the US in the global economy.
Although this book is a hard one to read in my opinion, as the Author makes large bombastic statements in long run on sentences that are too exhausting to mcwotld up with and challenging to decifier fully at times making me believe that perhaps the book isn’t exactly my cup of teahowever I caught myself loving the angle of which he presented his arguements both for and against Jihad and Mc World.
Nevertheless, the citations are excellent and mcorld further fodder for me to Google, since I was more aware of some but not all of the referenced events when they occurred when I was in high school. But he highlights an interesting point, that most of the oil reserves are in countries that may become politically unstable due to either ethnic divisions in that country or autocratic nature of that country that are at odds with democratic aspirations of their people.
Perhaps the best way to foster permanent liberal democracy is to have an autocratic regime friendly to the US and transition it to a market-economy first. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.
Lechner and John Boli. Please try again later. Many people find theis to be a major threat to their traditions, homelands, and values, and A low-ish score for this uneven, hyperbolic, and vague book that nevertheless has a very compelling central claim. Published July 30th by Ballantine Books first published Sep 06, Mark Hammell rated it it was amazing.
Instead, ‘Jihad’ for Barber is more concerned with tribalistic, exclusivist, nationalistic identities that emerge as a reaction to an all-encompassing, soulless and faceless imperialist economic-system that destroys culture worldwide in order to create homogeneity for saleability; a world to be dominated tjesis hedonistic consumerism driven by markets that is fundamentally incompatible with engaged, democratic citizenry.