The Age of Ghost-Modernism: The New Liberal Utopianism and the Post-Corporatist Democratization of its Inequitable Economy
It is this thesis’ contention that the hollow closure of post-modernity’s formative context and codifying social practices is aptly described as the Age of ‘Ghost-modernism’ [originator]. Beyond political-correctness and/or alleged attempts at axiological neutrality, the brutal truth revealed by the current economic crisis is that its profit-seeking perpetrators (whom I describe as “utopian liberal agents”) have unleashed a barrage jamming of morally and ethically bankrupt signifiers (reducing critical thinking to its lowest common denominator) to delay capitalism's inevitable denouement. Such agents promote the “free” marketeering cult of eco-cidal growth, turning humans into human resources, disfiguring the environment while fragmenting society into a virtual mass of alienated, credit-dependent consumers as the ultimate meta-narrative to be had.
In this inquiry, Weber’s Zweckrationalität (instrumentally rational) framework for social action is employed to critique Ghost-modernity’s Hegelian specificity and socio-historical relativism as revealed by the corporate agents running the Military-Industrial Complex’s Permanent War (on “Terror”) Economy. In doing so, it affirms a Wertrationalität (value-rational) framework whose values prioritise people’s welfare over the technocrats’ inequitable financial profits – benefits accrued by reducing former social actors to the exploitable/subaltern status of (merely) human resources while a microscopic kleptocracy “privatises” the profits made after mortgaging this underclass’ future on a bankrupt episteme offered as collateral.