"...capitalist realism is very far from precluding a certain anti-capitalism. After all, as Zizek has pointed out, anti-capitalism is widely disseminated in capitalism... Far from undermining capitalist realism, this gestural anti-capitalism actually reinforces it." Mark Fisher One such gesture is punishing "bad" individuals, showing that we can hold capital accountable and saving capitalism from itself. This is marvelous theatre and a great example is the latest surge to "improve corporate board governance" , denying Big Time CEO's their outrageous salary demands or firing them out-right. Look at how We Manage Our Own Affairs! Putting Us Back on the Right Track! Several shareholder meetings recently have been on display, reassuring Us All that Greed is Out, Responsibility In. Of course just as soon as corporate boards put their house in order, along come these irrational Europeans, whining about austerity. If they are not careful they will upset the Markets and we will all be punished. Here in the land of the free and brave and overweight, we know that when the Markets say bend-over, we say "How Fast?" That is what democracy is after all. The problem with those silly Eurotrash folks is they have not learned to worship the Investor Who Makes Our Happiness Possible. They take our hard earned money and turn it into all the Good Things We Need. The Investors will leave Greece and France and Romania and Spain and Ireland and take the peoples money with them. Oh that's right, they already took it. Well then, the Investors will stop taking their luxury yachts to Mediterranean destinations. If the editor from the Missoulian happens to be reading this, be assured I can be MUCH less snarky, I was in a hurry today!