Socialism was not invented by the working classes. Neither is it a natural state. It is a construct.
It was developed by intellectuals (who incidentally, now appear to be reclaiming it as their own) for the benefit of the poorer members of society. Originally, the theorists who invented it were concerned with social discrimination.
We no longer consider discrimination of the poor by the rich as prejudice but this type of intolerance is just as insidious as discrimination on the grounds of race, religion or disability.
Economic and Social Apartheid developed over hundreds of years and eventually caused societies to polarise. It is only in the last 100 years-or-so that the expansion of the middle-classes served to gradually dilute the Rich-Poor divide and give it “fuzzy edges”.
Some countries took a shortcut through the medium of revolution. The French did it in the 18th century and the Russians in the 20th.
Society will always “tend” towards a rich-poor split and without proper economic, organisational and social control, the trend accelerates.
Unfortunately (and to everyone’s surprise), in the United Kingdom, there appears to have been a sudden resurgence!
Huge economic changes, which are being accelerated by destructive remedial measures are driving an accelerated programme of social engineering, creating a clearly-defined society of “Haves” and “New Have-nots”……………. The Nouveaux Pauvres.
As the stock of “Have-nots” grows, so will discontent. That always leads to social unrest….with Greece being the latest and most visible.
Several governments, notably that of the UK and the Eurozone should think and remember that Government by Balance Sheet is NOT Government for the benefit of ALL of the People – otherwise the consequences will be catastrophic.