Section IV: Conclusion
Conclusion Section IV I consider the survival of [fascism] within democracy to be potentially more menacing than the survival of fascist tendencies against democracy. —Theodor W. Adorno It is no coincidence that “zombie” has emerged as a powerful metaphor in the popular imagination for different registers of the walking undead—parasites who have a ravenous appetite for destruction, moral and political collapse, mass murder, and rebellion. Many young protesters have used the metaphor for de- scribing the death-dealing practices and policies of ruling institutions, financial lobbyists, and a class of the financial elite that have gutted and cannibalized the economy. But they have also appropriated the metaphor for a present emptied of any future for the young, a time in which massive numbers of young people are stuck in an aimless and destructive cycle of survival populated by zones of abandonment that promote civil and social death. These young people, along with the unemployed, homeless, and working poor, among others, are confront- ed every day with the violence of inequality. Zombies represent the threat of a new kind of apocalypse, one in which the political outcome is not guaranteed but largely favors those in control of the media, military, state, and other com- manding institutions of zombie capitalism. In the Dead Zone of Capitalism Chapter 16 160 Section IV | Conclusion For the zombie rich—corporate executives, bankers, hedge fund managers, and other members of the walking undead—the privileged outcome is the death of democracy, the elimination of that class...
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