Society sees increased pressures and potential problems which may lead to disaster when elites (business, political, military, or criminal elements) push society toward instability. If continued that society will experience an eventual collapse caused by the hoarding of large wealth and resources.
We are witnessing this now. Since the mid-nineties, we have seen economic policies started in the eighties under Reagan manipulate the economy in ways which have adversely impacted the middle class and small businesses.
This has become exacerbated in perception and real terms since the late 2000s.