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The curse of the comparison

A small house turns into a mound next to a villa, Marx wrote. The same thing happens when the world is globalized.

(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)

[victoria, seychelles] It's time for complaints about the summer weather up north. Although Norwegian meteorologists in recent years have meant that summer is at least medium and often a little better, it is as if we can not quite believe it.

The only good thing seems to be a summer weather that is identical to what they have in the Mediterranean. We no longer compare with previous summers, but with the Greek, Spanish and Italian summers many of us are quite familiar with.

A really useful concept from development research is relative deprivation. It is based on the same type of insight as in Karl Marx's comparison between the small house and the big one. In short, it means that you get worse when you compare yourself. . .

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