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date: 22 September 2017

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Critical discussions of colonialism as a contemporary formation driven by the militarized expansion of the US’s spheres of influence tend to focus on formations understood to be right wing or ‘neo-conservative’ in nature. Yet what has been resurgent in Anglo-American discourse on empire is not so much conservatism as a ‘liberal fundamentalism’ that calls for a return to the specifically European roots of liberalism. This chapter examines how September 11th 2001 has sponsored the emergence of a distinctive kind of liberal narrative which underpins several recent liberal polemics, and which makes the case for a restitution of western civilizational values under the aegis of a benign American imperium.

Keywords: Liberalism, imperialism, fundamentalism, Anglo-American, civilization

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