The concept of a middle class is very new. It emerged in England during the Industrial Revolution. From there it spread throughout the UK and then outward to what became known as the Western world.
Since time immemorial, there had been the few who were strong (rich) and the many who were weak (poor). The strong took from the weak and that was just the way that it was; the natural order of things. The law of the jungle.
Out of the Industrial Revolution emerged free people; the stranglehold of the landowners (rich elite) over their impoverished serfs was broken. The desperate need for labour saw the new industries bid for the best and brightest. Slowly, those who were once serfs acquired money and from that came savings and from that came security. A middle class was born.
It wasn’t social justice warriors that defeated the law of the jungle. It was freedom, money and the lure of profit – i.e. Capitalism.
The urge to turn back the clock and to reinstate elite rulers and to reduce the middle class to a position of servitude again is called Socialism.
Socialism is winning; the forces of freedom are in retreat. Free men and women in the lower I.Q. range are rioting to demand their own return to serfdom.
What a peculiar world.