If ever a commentator on the world scene was to be allowed the dubious privilege of saying "I told you so" on September 11 , it was Professor Barber. The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis "End of History" Fukuyama. Barber's book, which is a kind of riposte to Fukuyama's and similarly began life as an article in this case, in the March issue of Atlantic Monthly , was published in America in And the title, from which it isn't hard to get an idea of the contents, is rather chillingly apt - even more so than it was a decade ago. Recent events have not exactly conspired to overturn its thesis, although one might for the moment feel like reversing the word order, given who has been most visibly on the offensive lately.
Jihad Vs McWorld
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He is forgiven his sins on the shedding of the first drop of his blood; he is shown his place in paradise; he is redeemed from the torments of the grave; he is made secure from the fear of hell and a crown of glory is placed on his head of which one ruby is worth more than the world and all that is in it; he will marry seventy-two of the huris with black eyes; and his intercession will be accepted for seventy of his kinsmen. And the people arrive to the point of explosion, and they cannot explode. And then one of the suicide bombers explodes instead of them. We calculated that the floors that would be hit would be three or four floors. I was the most optimistic of them all.
In nature, there are always at least two forces acting on each other. They either tend to be always in opposition to one another to ultimately destroy the other or to create a new force that is a mixture of elements coming from each of the present forces. In society, Benjamin Barber identified two forces or tendencies, given the political and economic trends at the time of his writing, which may come in to being and could pose a threat to democracy as we know it: tribalism and globalism. Students of history are offered a good summary of how things were going at the end of the last century and how these could possibly come out, if it had not yet turned out to be so, today, and a possible means of securing democracy that can withstand the forces of McWorld and Jihad.
In: Social Issues. The Cold War world order has been lost. What has taken its place is a collision of two opposing forces both competing to materialize as the new, dominant world order. There exists now an overarching battle between the assimilating force of globalization and the emphatic differentiation of cultural identity as a reaction.