As the underclass begins to vent their frustration they are getting a more sympathetic ear from the middle class who have seen their friends and families suffer from job loss, reduced wages and benefits. Working part-time at Burger King when you have a family to feed doesn’t cut it. Then reading the news that some elite bought a $25 million dollar apartment really starts to burn. When the frustration turns to anger then the elites will have something to worry about. The more astute middle and underclass will take their anger to the streets of the commercial districts and the exclusive suburbs, not burn down their own neighborhoods.
The downturn of the stock market is just the beginning of a long slide. As someone said earlier, you can only fudge the numbers so much. I suspect the Chinese are experiencing that lesson first hand.