Technologies of market information meld with new "neoliberal" ideology of social control in a time of terrorism and perpetual threat.
I see this truly happening at the highest level, the US Supreme Court, where Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito, along with Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, are forcefully and gradually erasing political "identities" (race (at the most obvious level), class, and sexuality):
A. Society is made up of individuals; there is no such thing as "society," only individuals and families.This "de-legitimization" process I see at numerous levels: it is the erasure of aspects of the old collective ideology: such as, the erasure of the right to privacy (the Information Act legalizing data-mining of all individuals, regardless of citizenship), Supreme Court arguments for erasing race as a legitimatee classification, Supreme Court rulings on Eminent Domain that effectively erase the right to property.
B. Unions and established minority interest groups are regarded as dysfunctional antiques to be marginalized and de-legitimated.
All of this indicates, as an earlier CTheory article noted, a change from "citizen" to "foreigner within" consummate with rapidly growing technological information webs.
My problem with a politician like Barak Obama is that his cliches and waxing poetic and "moderation" and "willingness to listen to all views" effectively gaurantees the absolute dissemination of technobureaucratic corporatist ideology -- a less obvious "Democratic Party" Social Darwinism, "reining" in BigPharma, Halliburton, Big Oil, et al., while the "individual rights" of the 1st Amendment become archaic with new interpretations "for the sake of national security."
Imagine if a figure like George W. Bush was as skilled bureaucratically as he is cocksure and "gut" trusting. We would definitely be living above an Underground Technobureaucratic Eye -- a panopticon of modern technology. (That is, if we are currently not to this point.)
All these surmises remind me of Janet Reno using the FBI to fight outback Idahoans and Texans with guns, and how their paranoid delusions of Statist control had more than a grain of truth.
All right, time to write term papers. --adam