#Cyberpeacefare #Book Jihad vs McWorld #Benjamin R Barber


"1. McWorld is the universe of manufactured needs, mass consumption and mass infotainment. It is motivated by profits and driven by the aggregate preferences of billions of consumers.

2. Jihad is shorthand for the fierce politics of religious, tribal and other zealots.

3. Although some countries or part of countries fit into one or the other category, Jihad and McWorld are not so much places as reactions to experience and attitude of minds.

4. Only the globalization civic and democratic institutions is likely to offer a way out of the global war between modernity and its aggrieved critics, for democracy responds both to Jihad & McWorld.

5. It responds directly to the resentments and spiritual unease of those for whom the trevialization and homogenization of values in an affront to cultural diversity and spiritual and moral seriousness. But it also answers the complaints of those mired in poverty and despair as a consequence of unregulated global markets and of a capitalism run wild because it has been uprooted from the humanizing constraints of the democratic nation state. 

6. The outcome of the cruel battle between Jihad and McWorld will depend on the capacity of moderns to make the world safe or women and men in search of both justice and faith, and can be won only if democracy is the victor.

1.0 Definitions/Comments:

1.1 Jihad: A Muslim holy war or spiritual struggle against infidels; a crusade or struggle. (American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.)

1.2 Jihad: Religious warfare or a war for the propagation or defense of Islam; a campaign or crusade in some cause. (Oxford English Dictionary.

1.3  It should be noted that a jihad is a struggle, crusade or campaign "in some cause" , generally, as well as "Muslim holy war" e.g. good jihad for "world peace and planet survival" by us-all.


2.1 Excellent Book - New York Times BestSeller.

2.2 Looks at both sides of the argument/viewpoints.

2.3 Need Good Jihad to combat Terrorists Jihad.

2,4 Means of combat: World-Wide Web/Social Media/UpU&MeUsAll.


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Comment by Al LeBlanc on August 25, 2015 at 10:45am

Thanks Valentine - Really Appreciate Fellow Butterfly Effect Believer. How to Motivate USAll social media users to "give a damn" about using their PersonalSocialMediaPower to make a little difference which can Initiate a BIG DIFFERENCE TSUNAMI ?  Can't Understand Why GEN Members are Not Responding ?  Any Comments Anybody Else ? Al

Comment by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on August 25, 2015 at 10:23am

A good focus indeed! Albeit, the 21st century urshered in a new era of advanced digital technology which is a good thing to appreciate.However, the battle of hearts and minds to checkmate the wickedness and brutality of today and tomorrow lies heavily in the ability to appeal to the moral consciousness of Jihadist terrorists by a simple moral course of action(a tweet) by jihadist cyberpeace citizens of the world on the principles of butterfly effect"the treacherous unexplored areas of the world are not in the continents or in the seas, but they are in the hearts and minds of men" Allan Clason

Comment by Al LeBlanc on August 25, 2015 at 8:21am

Have been thinking need Add New Narrow Focus of Cybepeacefare to Combat Jihadists' Terrorists with Jihadists CyberPeaceCitizens in "Battle of Hearts and Minds"  Need to battle brutality and evil with reason,conscience and morals.  How can Terrorists justify their Evil Code/Behavior in any Century, never mind the 21st Century ?  What Think You ?  

Comment by Al LeBlanc on August 24, 2015 at 1:12pm

Seems to me Terrorists-Jihadists, should have "pains of conscience" ; especially,  brutally killing mostly innocent civilian victims, raping women and girls and  blowing up each other mosques.  Where are the Good Jihadist Muslim Political Religious Muslim.- both Sunni and Shiite ?

Comment by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on August 24, 2015 at 9:01am

Mr. Al, I quite agree with you that the aftermatch of the cruel battle between Jihad and Mcworld obviously depends on the manner in which a middle ground is reached which will provide an haven for  humanity amid the chaotic situation of the world.And this anticipated middle ground must be founded on truth and justice and symbolized by  strong democratic institutions.Besides,a good Jihad should be employed to contain Terrorist Jihad for world peace and planet survival to appeal to the mind and hearts of men(i.e. moral consciousness of men).Social media, personal cyber power, I presume, will provide the missing link

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