OK. Here's a hypothesis I developed after reading this highly disturbing report on the state of the world's oceans.
Hypothesis: It's GOOD that the US middle class (and lower) is becoming desperate, because in order to change behaviors drastically, it's going to require masses of people doing whatever it takes for them to survive, and the uberwealthy will in turn need to set up and financially support the rules so that "doing whatever it takes" actually is survivable.
(My own objection: most of the uberwealthy are too out of touch to understand what needs to be done, how quickly, and how extensively.)
Have I become too cynical?