Friday, January 16, 2004

JIHAD OR MCWORLD?

Victor David Hanson talks today about an issue first raised ten years ago by Benjamin Barber. Barber summarized it in his Atlantic article called Jihad vs. McWorld.

At the end of the day, this is (in its most simplistic yin vs. yang comparison) the conflict. You'll hear it called many things, especially tribalism vs. globalism, but this is what it's all about.

And, as Hanson and Barber describe, it's not going away and neither extreme is really all that "pretty".

The challenge for the next generation of world leaders is how to strike a balance that minimizes armed conflict. Not an easy task when both sides goals demand the destruction of the other.


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