By E. San Juan Jr. (auth.)
Opposing the orthodoxies of firm postcolonialism, past Postcolonial concept posits acts of resistance and subversion via humans of colour as important to the unfolding discussion with Western hegemony. The stories and signifying practices of Rigoberta Menchu, C.L.R. James, a variety of "minority" writers within the usa, and intellectuals from Africa, Latin the US, and Asia are counterposed opposed to the dogmas of contingency, borderland nomadism, panethnicity, and the ideology of id politics and transcultural postmodern pastiche. Reappropriating principles from Gramsci, Bakhtin, Althusser, Freire, and others within the radical democratic culture, San Juan deploys them to get better the reminiscence of nationwide liberation struggles (Fanon, Cabral, Che Guevara) at the face of the triumphal march of globalized capitalism.
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Hybrid contrivances, discrepant local epistemes, cyborgs, border crossings, creole or metissage texts-such performative slogans tend to obfuscate the realities of what Leslie Sklair (1991) calls the transnational ideology of capitalist consumerism. Postcolonial theory generated in "First World" academies turns out to be one product of flexible, post-Fordist capitalism, not its antithesis. I suggest a dialectical counterpoint to this orthodoxy (satirized by Jacoby) in the practices of Guatemalan activist Rigoberta Menchu and of the socialist revolutionary thinker C.
This triggered a 1952 CIA report that "Communist influence ... based on militant advocacy of social reforms and nationalistic policies" was dominant, leading to "the persecution of foreign economic interests, especiallythe United Fruit Company" (Chomsky 1992: 47-48). President Eisenhower sanctioned the CIA's destruction ofhis regime. The president of the United Fruit Company then happened to be Allen Dulles, CIA director; and Walter Bedell Smith, who directed the CIA before Dulles, became president of the United Fruit Company after Arbenz was overthrown.
Julio Godoy, a Guatemalan journalist, returned from Europe in 1989 and contrasted the situation there with that in Central Arnerica. He found the East Europeans luckier because while the Moscow-imposed government in Prague would degrade and humiliate reformers, the Washington-made government in Guatemala would kill them. Ir still does, in a virtual genocide that has taken more than 150,000 victims [in what Amnesty International calls] "a government program of political murder. One is tempted to believe that some people in the White House worship Aztec gods-with the offering of Central Arnerican blood.
Beyond Postcolonial Theory by E. San Juan Jr. (auth.)