As soon as you hear the conceit of this book--that there are two great opposing forces at work in the world today, border-crossing capitalism and splintering factionalism, and that they are the two biggest threats to democracy--you know it rings true enough to be worth reading. Although capitalism could have only grown to current levels in the soil of democracies, Benjamin Barber argues that global capitalism now tends to work against the very concept of citizenship, of people thinking for themselves and with their neighbors. Too often now, how we think is the product of a transnational corporation (increasingly, a media corporation) with headquarters elsewhere. 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. The antidote, Barber concludes, is to work everywhere to resuscitate the non-governmental, non-business spaces in life--he calls them "civic spaces" (such as the village green, voluntary associations of every sort, churches, community schools)--where true citizenship thrives. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Political scientist Barber examines the rise of both intolerant tribal identities and international consumerism.
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Once again technology requirement a failure no direct download. A shame because the purchase should cover the rights to maintain a copy.Published 7 months ago by James Richardson
The author of this book condemns America almost as much as he criticizes the jihadist terrorists who attacked America on September 11. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Michael Gordon
Fantastic book! It was informative, interesting, though provoking, and very well researched. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about why the war in... Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by GinMills06
I had to read this for an international course that I was taking. This book was an easy read and hard to put down. Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by E. Mosley
This book dives into the comparisons of the two worlds we live in. It is a different take on the Lexus and the Olive Tree. Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by AvidReader
The author does not seem to understand that America is suppposed to be a 'republic' not a 'democracy'. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by onemanwreckingcrew
Reviewed: Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism are Reshaping the World, Random House, 2002. Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by AWAIR Reviews
This book isn't terrible. It is just mostly so. There are some interesting ideas, about how America dominates culture through its output of movies, and it's attack on the old... Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by M. Smith