While so many academics want to make their name by talking about how capitalism has changed into something Marx didn't see or couldn't have anticipated, it's ironic that much of their work can be dismissed as regressing to the interest in discourse and narrative found in the Young Hegelians.
Since the Young Hegelians consider conceptions,
thoughts, ideas, in fact all the products of consciousness, to which they
attribute an independent existence, as the real chains of men (just as the Old
Hegelians declared them the true bonds of human society) it is evident that the
Young Hegelians have to fight only against these illusions of consciousness.
Since, according to their fantasy, the relationships of men, all their doings,
their chains and their limitations are products of their consciousness, the
Young Hegelians logically put to men the moral postulate of exchanging their
present consciousness for human, critical or egoistic consciousness, and thus
of removing their limitations. This demand to change consciousness amounts to a
demand to interpret reality in another way, i.e. to recognise it by means of
another interpretation. The Young-Hegelian ideologists, in spite of their
allegedly “world-shattering" statements, are the staunchest conservatives.
The most recent of them have found the correct expression for their activity
when they declare they are only fighting against “phrases.” They forget,
however, that to these phrases they themselves are only opposing other phrases,
and that they are in no way combating the real existing world when they are merely
combating the phrases of this world. (German Ideology)