Political theorist Benjamin Barber believes that the future of the world may lie with the politicians who implement practical change every day: mayors.
It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world’s problems. So who’s actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let’s give them more control over global policy. Barber shows how these “urban homeboys” are solving pressing problems on their own turf — and maybe in the world.
Benjamin Barber burst into the media spotlight on September 11, 2001, when his book Jihad Vs. McWorld, published several years earlier, assumed newly horrific relevance. With his prophetic analysis of the emerging collision of tribalism and globalism, Barber established the parameters for 21st Century political debate.
A passionate advocate of democracy’s power, Barber continues to explore solutions for dysfunctional systems and political paralysis. In his forthcoming new work What if Mayors Ruled the World, Barber plans to show how decentralized local governments can be more flexible – and more in tune with their constituents – than their federal counterparts.
“He is one of a small breed of scholars who strive to be “public intellectuals.” He is powered by ideas and discussion, by the rough-and-tumble of vigorous debate.” — Washington Post
“If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities” by Benjamin Barber (Yale University Press, 2013)