Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
Just found this in today’s El Pais
And I had this one for France already:
Does anyone have examples for other countries?
You’d never guess those are the real numbers, right? The impression we get from everyday life is that people are making much, much more. That starts off a cycle of artificial reality, because no one wants to admit they’re worse off than the next guy (I used the masculine there intentionally.)
It’s a very convenient fiction, I think most successful in the US. Remember Joe the Plumber asking questions about his imaginary 250k income? That happens much less in Europe and I imagine even less so in the Scandinavian countries where one’s income is a matter of public record. I think if there’s to be a serious shift in policy, the first step might have to be people accepting the reality of their position in the financial hierarchy.