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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