Benjamin Barber is the author of the international best-seller 'Jihad vs. McWorld.' An internationally renowned political theorist, Barber consults regularly with political/civic leaders and organizations in the United States and abroad. He was a founding editor and for 10 years editor-in-chief of the distinguished international quarterly 'Political Theory.' Barber is renowned for his passionate defense of 'strong democracy,' a democratic theory that advances the role of robust democratic citizenship over formal constitutional mechanisms.
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