One Der Spiegel article ramps up the classic zombie banking concept to see the entire global capitalist order as zombified. Call it the zombie system.
The condition of the industry is now so dismal that experts are using metaphors from the world of horror films to describe it. "Zombie banks" are those that are being kept alive artificially with government bailouts and, like the zombies in Hollywood films, are wreaking havoc throughout Europe. They are too sick to lend money to the real economy but healthy enough to speculate with financial investments.
The article doesn't develop the zombie theme much beyond that passage and the title, although it does have some nicely dark passages, like this hint of architectural fright:
Harvard economist Larry Katz rails that US society has come to resemble a deformed and unstable apartment building: The penthouse at the top is getting bigger and bigger, the lower levels are overcrowded, the middle levels are full of empty apartments and the elevator has stopped working.
Greenspan's policy of cheap money became a sweet poison for Wall Street, the chief ingredient of the dangerous debt cocktails brewed up by the wizards at London and New York investment banks...
The zombie-nomics meme just keeps shambling on, feasting merrily on our brains.