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?

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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.