McWorld & the Free Market Threat to Civic Culture
After hustling to be a responsible employee and a smart consumer, is there any time, money, and energy left each week to be a good citizen? The global free market does a great job creating a world-wide demand and desire for products and services, but does it simultaneously undermine the ability of civic society to meet its vital needs? What are the prospects for democracy when the largest economic power in the world exports a laissez-faire economic model that prioritizes marketing goods over meeting growing humanitarian needs? Can the world survive America?
Benjamin Barber was a well-known scholar and political theorist, best known for his books: Strong Democracy, Jihad vs. McWorld and If Mayors Ruled the World. He passed away in April 2017.