Super Cor­po­rate Heroes: Truth, Jus­tice, and How Much Does It Pay?

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One of the many great ironies of Amer­i­can cul­ture is that a soci­ety which lauds cap­i­tal­ism is also home to the fan­tasy of the self­less Super­Hero: enti­ties rang­ing from an ordi­nary but wealthy human (Bat­man) to an extra­or­di­nary but poor Extra-Ter­res­trial (Super­man), who spend their days sav­ing us mere mor­tals, for no obvi­ous rec­om­pense.

Well bol­locks to all that! Meet “Super Cor­po­rate Heroes”—super­heroes who are more in line with the actual Amer­i­can Way. These super­heroes are employed by a For­tune 500 com­pany, charge for their services—“if you wanna get res­cued, you gotta pay insurance”—and live lifestyles rang­ing from opu­lent to the top billers, to just above the bread­line for the only slightly super amongst them.

Of course they have their own Super Villian—the Invis­i­ble Hand (“the world’s old­est and most mys­te­ri­ous super vil­lain… It takes a few life­times to be a great capitalist”)—and many other chal­lenges besides. This new eBook car­toon series is bril­liantly con­ceived and drawn, and casts a wel­come satiric light on our cur­rent eco­nomic predica­ment.

I highly rec­om­mend the series, and I’m hap­pily fork­ing out the 99 cents per dig­i­tal issue (you can also buy a print copy for $3.99). If you want to sam­ple before you buy, here’s the free pre­view.

It’s a bril­liant sendup of cap­i­tal­ism, fan­tasy, and every­thing else we’ve come to love and loathe about mod­ern soci­ety. Face it—we all need a laugh right now, and unlike the not-so-super­heroes han­dling bailouts and aus­ter­ity plans, these Super­Heroes actu­ally deliver.

For a price

If your insur­ance is up to date

Oh, and if they aren’t dis­tracted by a hang­over, their own nag­ging bills, or some damn pater­nity suit.

Hey, I’m sort of try­ing to be one… Sav­ing the world from Neo­clas­si­cal eco­nom­ics ‘n’ all that… Maybe I should sign up? I won­der what the super­an­nu­a­tion scheme is… And fringe benefits—how about a jac­cuzi allowance?

About Steve Keen

I am Professor of Economics and Head of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University London, and a long time critic of conventional economic thought. As well as attacking mainstream thought in Debunking Economics, I am also developing an alternative dynamic approach to economic modelling. The key issue I am tackling here is the prospect for a debt-deflation on the back of the enormous private debts accumulated globally, and our very low rate of inflation.
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  • Suzy Dias

    We’re so happy you liked it! You make a great super­hero!

  • mike­h1980

    Nice abs Steve 🙂

  • koonyeow

    Title: Wrong Cos­tume?

    Aren’t you sup­pose to be in black Armani trench coat with a pair of Ray­Ban, Steve? (laugh out loud)

  • LCTesla

    hilar­i­ous!

    at the risk of being a party pooper by post­ing a seri­ous ques­tion in such a light hearted thread, Steve, I’m try­ing to under­stand an arti­cle like this (http://blogs.ft.com/martin-wolf-exchange/2012/03/19/what-is-the-real-rate-of-interest-telling-us/#axzz1pfaMi08R) in light of your views on the lend­ing process. Is there still any truth to the the­sis that there is a global “sav­ings glut”, or is the low real inter­est rate entirely the result of the banks being very *will­ing* to lend in addi­tion to hav­ing the infi­nite abil­ity to do so? If so where did the increase in “will­ing­ness” come from over the last few decades? Does this some­how relate to Michael Hudson’s expla­na­tion of debt-defla­tion as involv­ing “income being divested from con­sump­tion to inter­est pay­ments”? Lower con­sump­tion = defla­tion = lower inter­est rates (via cen­tral bank pol­icy), right?

    One thing that always puz­zled me about Hudson’s expla­na­tion is that the inter­est is not just being paid by some­one, but also paid to some­one, which all thing being equal would not affect the amount of money avail­able for con­sump­tion. But I sup­pose the dif­fer­ence in the propen­sity to con­sume between rich and poor accounts for the dis­crep­ancy in terms of con­sump­tion rates.

  • Curses! You’ve sprung my dis­guise!

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