Books

Full Bibliography of Dr. Barber

Cool Cities: Urban Sovereignty and the Fix for Global Warming
In the final book from the great visionary Dr. Benjamin Barber, this sequel to If Mayors Ruled the World assesses both broad principles of urban rights and specific strategies of sustainability such as fracking bans, walkable cities, above‑ground mining of precious resources, energy and heating drawn from garbage incineration, downtown wind turbines, and skyscrapers built from wood. He shows how cities working together on climate change, despite their differences in wealth, development, and culture, can find common measures by which to evaluate the radically different policies they pursue. This is a book for a world in which bold cities are collaborating to combat climate change and inspire hope for democracy even as reactionary populists take over national governments in the United States and Europe. It calls for a new social contract among citizens and municipalities to secure not only their sustainability but their survival.
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If Mayors Ruled the World If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities
The issues dominating our headlines – global warming, terrorism, economic inequality – do not stop at national borders. Nonetheless, our chief means of addressing them remains the nation-state, a 17th century framework constitutionally unable, and temperamentally unwilling, to collaborate across frontiers in order to solve common problems. What is to be done? Let cities, through a global “Parliament of Mayors,” run the world. This is the bold thesis of Dr. Benjamin R. Barber in his upcoming book If Mayors Ruled the World.
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Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole
Barber offers a vivid portrait of an overproducing global economy that targets children as consumers in a market where there are never enough shoppers and where the primary goal is no longer to manufacture goods but needs. To explain how and why this has come about, Barber brings together extensive empirical research with an original theoretical framework for understanding our contemporary predicament. He asserts that in place of the Protestant ethic once associated with capitalism—encouraging self-restraint, preparing for the future, protecting and self-sacrificing for children and community, and other characteristics of adulthood—we are constantly being seduced into an “infantilist” ethic of consumption.
Fear’s Empire: War, Terrorism, and Democracy in an Age of Interdependence
Barber examines the controversial issues that underlie both the Cold War theory of containment and deterrence and the dilemmas faced by America today. He argues forcefully against unilateralism, nuclear deterrence, and reliance on military solutions. And he inveighs against the tendency of recent administrations to confuse the spread of McWorld —that seductive blend of free-market ideology and American brands—with the spread of democracy.Barber argues for an America that promotes cooperation, multilateralism, international law, and pooled sovereignty. For as law and citizenship alone secure liberty within nations, law and citizenship alone can secure liberty among them, freeing them from fear.
Jihad VS. McWorld: Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy
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. McWorld tied together by technology, ecology, communications, and commerce.

The Truth of Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age
A Place for Us: How to Make Society Civil and Democracy Strong A Passion for Democracy: American Essays
An Aristocracy of Everyone: The Politics of Education and the Future of America The Conquest of Politics: Liberal Philosophy in Democratic Times
The Struggle for Democracy Marriage Voices: A Novel
Liberating Feminism The Death of Communal Liberty: A History of Freedom in a Swiss Mountain Canton
Superman and Common Men: Freedom, Anarchy and the Revolution The Struggle for Democracy

Books co-edited:

Education for Democracy (A Service Learning Reader),
edited with R. Battistoni, (Kendall-Hunt, 1993)
The Artist and Political Vision
edited with M. J. McGrath, (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Books, 1981)