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Barber, Benjamin R.
Just beyond the horizon of current events lie two possible political futures -- both bleak, neither democratic. The first is a retribalization of large swaths of humankind by war and bloodshed: a threatened Lebanonization of national states in which culture is pitted against culture, people against people, tribe against tribe -- a Jihad in the name of a hundred narrowly conceived faiths against every kind of interdependence, every kind of artificial social cooperation and civic mutuality. The second is being borne in on us by the onrush of economic and ecological forces that demand integration and uniformity and that mesmerize the world with fast music, fast computers, and fast food -- with MTV, Macintosh, and McDonald's, pressing nations into one commercially homogenous global network: one McWorld tied together by technology, ecology, communications, and commerce. The planet is falling precipitantly apart and coming reluctantly together at the very same moment.
Mar. 1992 - from "Jihad vs. McWorld", published by
The Atlantic Monthly
Black, Conrad Moffat
Providentially, the world became more accessible for me as Canada became less commodious.
1993 - from
A Life in Progress
The absurdity of the anti-globalist campaign is that no one and no group is actually in charge - either of the economies or of the stock markets. The World Trade Organization, the G-8 and other international organizations are facilitators, regulators and spectators in processes driven by a myriad of public and private sector forces, not by the dictates of some cabal.
Aug. 6, 2001 - from "Downfall of the elites", published in