Socialist policies grew America's middle-class; capitalist policies destroy the Middle-class.
When the industrial revolution began in America and individual liberty and autonomy began to erode, many Americans chose to flee the capitalist-controlled industrial centers.
Go West Young Man.Go West Young Man became the motto of Americans who rejected industrialized capitalism, moving west towards the frontier in search of a more “equal” agrarian-based society.
Eventually, the historian Frederick Jackson Turner would ponder the psychological and sociological affects in control of capitalism would have on the individual psyche in his speech that considered the closing of the frontier. Americans always had a frontier to escape to if things became to difficult, a phenomenon revealed in the famous Little House series written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. That westward movement over several generations, however, eventually consumed the frontier, leaving nowhere for the next generation of Americans to flee to.
The economic crises caused by the Gilded Age inspired President Theodore Roosevelt's Square Deal for the American workers. That progressive movement caused the economic prosperity that followed. But, when capitalists began to meddle in American politics again, that era of prosperity ended with the Great Depression.
It took the progressive (socialist) efforts of another President Roosevelt to end the capitalist-caused crisis and restore socialized prosperity in America. The Cold War era, the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s, is a time that many conservatives point to as the heights of American economic affluence. That period in American history was also when America's economy was regulated the most by socialist policies. It was Socialist political policies that grew America's middle-class.
As a result of improved education techniques, a new generation of Americans are growing desensitized to capitalist propaganda. A generation gap can clearly be seen in the political surveys. The propaganda-controlled older generations are dying out; the math and science taught younger generations continue to expand. America is once again reaching critical mass; a recent Gallup Poll points out that 47% of Americans would consider voting for a socialist for president.
These younger generations refuse to give into being over-worked and under-paid so leisurely lifestyles of the Rich & Famous can be subsidized by the younger generation's labor. The younger generations are demanding respect for their personal lives and fair wages for their work. The younger generations are calling for a new era of socialist reform.
Each era of increased capitalism led to a financial crisis. Every time socialism is increased, an era of historic economic prosperity begins.