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How Capitalism Creates Peace in Don Quixote While Non-Capitalism Induces Violence

Just published a journal article on how free-market capitalism, creates peace—both generally, in the broad sweep of history, and specifically, in “Don Quixote’s” plot-theme—thereby fostering the advancement of human civilization, as well as the flourishing of individual people, both rich and poor alike.

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How Capitalism Creates Peace in Don Quixote While Non-Capitalism Induces Violence


Abstract:  This article reasons that free-market capitalism produces peace in Don Quixote while its absence induces violence.

Specifically, it shows readers: that when Don Quixote’s characters inherit peace transpires but when they are extorted gore happens; that a modern salary causes peace in Don Quixote while a feudal Mercedes causes conflict; that when contracts are honored Don Quixote’s characters are calm but when contracts are breached its’ characters are violent; that figures in Don Quixote who work for a living are tranquil while those who do not work fight; that peaceful capitalism in Don Quixote is separate from, and better than, violent corsair anti-capitalism; that Capitalism’s profit motive does not cause slavery in Don Quixote but feudal suppression of human freedom does; that peaceful economic justice is adjudicated by civil judges, such as Sancho Panza, while bloody economic injustice is inflicted by either vigilantes (in Don Quixote’s case) or monarchical brutality (in the Holy Brotherhood’s case); and penultimately, that when the novel’s financial disputes are decided by law courts peace
ensues but when they are not violence happens.

Finally, this article finishes, by enumerating specific areas of future research on capitalism in Don Quixote.

Keywords: capitalism in Don Quixote, free markets in Don Quixote, economics in Don Quixote

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Dr. William Egginton With His New Book The Man Who Invented Fiction at the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress


Dr. William Egginton is the department chair of German and Romance languages and literatures at the John’s Hopkins Kreiger School of Arts and Science.  He is also an Andrew W. Mellon professor in the humanities. He teaches on Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy.  He is the author of How the World Became a Stage (2003), Perversity and Ethics (2006), A Wrinkle in History (2007), and The Theater of Truth (2010).  He is also co-editor with Mike Sandbothe of The Pragmatic Turn in Philosophy (2004), translator of Lisa Block de Behar’s Borges, the Passion of an Endless Quotation (2003), and co-editor with David E. Johnson of Thinking With Borges (2009). His most recent book is In Defense of Religious Moderation (Columbia University Press, 2011). His most recent book, The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World, was published by Bloomsbury in February 2016.

Cervantes Society of America (Publications, Conference Presentations, and Multimedia)


Newsletter 2015-2016

(August, 2016)

 Multimedia Cervantes

Emre Gurgen has established and actively maintained a number of web-based resources dedicated to the study of the Quijote, including a blog with numerous posts, an extensive bibliography, and a variety of materials related to his books, Don Quixote Explained:  The Story of an Unconventional Hero and Don Quixote Explained:  A Reference Guide.  These resources can be accessed at

Members Publications and Conference Presentations 

Gurgen, Emre.  “The Renaissance in the Quijote:  How the Spirit of Chivalry, Classicism and Christianity Bypassed Medievalism and  Led to Modernity.”  41st International Symposium of Hispanic Literature:  The Influence of Don Quixote in the Humanities. California State University, Dominguez Hills.  15 April, 2015.



Stellar News From the Milky Way (Star Cervantes, Sancho Panza, Dulcinea, and Rocinante).

Spanish Astronomical Society

Dear CSA members,

If Don Quixote and Sancho Already Went up into the heavens on the wooden horse Clavileno May as you know they’re now part of the firmament, ACCORDING to the International Astronomical Union, which held world-wide elections to name a number of newly discovered stars and planets. For one particularly planetary system, and his characters Cervantes won With 69% of the vote: the star is now called Cervantes, and the four planets are Dulcinea (almost invisible red hot), Rocinante (maybe a rough ride), Quixote (streaks of cloud and clarity) and Sancho (with the widest orbit and a ring around Panza STI). Just under 50 light years away. Shakespeare and some of His characters Have Been up there for a while. The night sky belongs to us all. And Cervantes Might Have enjoyed this more than what they’re trying to do to His bones here on earth.