Capitalism, The American Empire, and Neoliberal Globalization

Themes and Annotations from Selected Works of E. San Juan, Jr.

  • Kenneth E. Bauzon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 263-304

About this book


This book looks at facets in the history of capitalism from the Enlightenment period, through the emergence of the American Empire in the Pacific, and to the contemporary era of neoliberal globalization. This re-telling of history is done by drawing from the works of E. San Juan, Jr. (henceforth, San Juan), considered arguably one of the great contemporary cultural and literary critics of our time. In this author's view, San Juan's lifetime of works offer a living documentation of, among others, the history and thought of the modern world highlighted by the rise of capitalism through the contemporary era of neoliberal globalization, and shepherded to its hegemonic status by what stands today as the preeminent empire of the United States. The book underscores the symbiosis between contemporary capitalism as an economic system based on accumulation on the one hand, and the American imperial state on the other, just as it revisits the colonial project that was carried out in capitalism's wake, the violence and subjugation inflicted on its victims, and how this colonial project has morphed into a new form of colonialism (or neocolonialism) maintained and enforced through the rules and institutional mechanisms of what is popularly known as neoliberal globalization that also provides the ideological and  legal rationale for the commodification and the ultimate grab of the global commons reminiscent of the classical, albeit cruder, form of colonialism.


Historical materialism Post-Colonialism Neoliberal Pedagogy Fetish of Multiculturalism Colonial Education Exceptionalism of US Imperialism Birth of Capitalism E. San Juan, Jr. Conversion of the Commons Enclosure Movement Rise of the Slave-Plantation Complex Class Basis of Racism Social Construction of Gender and Race Spanish-American War the Philippine Revolution Expansion of the US Empire The Philippine-American War US Counterinsurgency and Pacification Campaign Foundation for Racialized State Violence Filipino subaltern Marxist perspective

Authors and affiliations

  • Kenneth E. Bauzon
    • 1
  1. 1.Saint Joseph’s College – New YorkBrooklynUSA

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