Back in 1992, I argued that two seemingly antithetical developments—the globalization and centralization of the market economy under the aegis of the American consumer monolith (“McWorld”), and the fracturing and re-tribalizing of nation states in favor of anti-modern religious and cultural insurgents (“Jihad”) —were actually closely connected to one another. Centripetal forces driven by the consumer economy and centrifugal forces driven by antipathy to the consumer economy manifested the same destructive logic.
The Near-Death of Democracy
Benjamin R. Barber is a distinguished senior fellow at Demos, as well as president and director of CivWorld and its annual Interdependence Day event. He is the author of Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults and Swallow Citizens Whole, (W. W. Norton, 2007) and Jihad vs. McWorld (published by Random House in a post-9/11 edition in 2001).
Benjamin R. Barber; The Near-Death of Democracy. World Policy Journal 1 December 2008; 25 (4): 145–151. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/wopj.2009.25.4.145
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