An historical perspective is needed to understand the class conflict across bourgeois democracies in the early twenty-first century.
It was a time when a coalition of workers, students and intellectuals turned on the wealthy.
Within a few years of the first stirrings many in the middle class sided with the rebellion. An analysis of the forces at work can be found in 21st Century Marxism:
As slaves to the wealth-owners, the proletariat was in a constant state of resentment towards the ruling class. This led to the mass mobilization of the working class.
The bourgeoisie were caught between the two factions. Historically, they had been the promulgators of capitalist ideology. They had reaped some of the rewards, leading to a fervent belief in the system.
They were ruling-class servants, particularly teachers and media employees, who formed the front line in a programme of indoctrination, persuading workers that capitalism benefited everyone.
They were the propagandists who preached freedom, democracy and the rule of law. They set the tone for the dominant ideology by using reinforced conditioning.
Workers became increasingly aware of their collective power to effect changes in wages and working conditions.
The proletariat was helped in this by self-interested intellectuals who began to realise their class might fall and the proletariat would triumph.
These visionaries increased class consciousness among the proletariat and their historically determined victory.
Eventually, the proletariat revolted, casting off the shackles which had bound them to the ruling class.
They condemned all bourgeois ideology, its laws, morality, and religions as facades for ruling-class interests.
They tore society apart, destroying the fundamental conditions of their bondage, the institution of private property and debt peonage.
All this was the necessary result of the rapacious capitalist appetite for profit which brought the proletariat into existence and continually cut into their welfare.
The ruling class and its bourgeois minions undermined the conditions of their own existence.
As Karl Marx had said more than a century earlier:
“What the bourgeoisie produces, above all, is its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable”