That is what status does when taken to extremes.
A few years ago The Economist had an article on status. It seems a psychologist did a study, asking people if they would rather be paid $200,000 if everyone they knew was getting paid $150,000, or whether they would rather get paid $300,000 when everyone was paid that same amount.
The large majority said they would rather take the smaller amount, so long as they got more than everyone else.
That is the situation in North Korea. The leadership would rather get the equivalent of what the average well off American gets, and lord it over those who have nothing.
Or, as Caesar replied to one of his lieutenants when asked how he would like to be headman of a dirt-poor village they were passing through: "Better headman here than second man in Rome."
And of course, better to be a billionaire espousing Socialism here, than living in a Capitalist country where there are lots more billionaires.
Despicable, wanting everyone else to be Socialized losers, no? But that's human nature.
Quoth the Devil in Milton's "Paradise Lost": Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.
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