Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 21, 2010 - Political Science - 432 pages
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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.


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Prescient and incisive cultural analysis. How the American media, Hollywood, telecommunications created a new world economy. How extremes have been made more extreme leaving little ground between McWorld, and bitter radical opposition to it, mostly among the have nots, in Jihad. Read full review

Review: Jihad vs. McWorld

User Review  - Goodreads

Prescient and incisive cultural analysis. How the American media, Hollywood, telecommunications created a new world economy. How extremes have been made more extreme leaving little ground between McWorld, and bitter radical opposition to it, mostly among the have nots, in Jihad. Read full review

Contents

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PART   III
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Afterword

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PART   II
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APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B
Notes
Chapter 18 The Colonization of East Germany by McWorld
Chapter 19 Securing Global Democracy in the World of McWorld
Afterword
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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