I think that the economic recession is ending now but people fear the changes that a return to relative prosperity will bring. For some, a modest increase in interest rates will mean bankruptcy while for others it will mean that they can afford a bit more and lose a bit less of their savings each year.
As with everything a change creates conditions that some enjoy while others suffer and we usually find that those agitating for change will improve their lot by the changes they propose at the expense of those who oppose change.
Most earnestly and most violently throughout the world, great political and social changes have been fuelled by a desire by those who have wanted money. This has created revolutions and typically those involved in such revolutions have in the name of patriotism sought power which has brought money, almost en passant. Even democratically elected politicians seem to find nothing odd or wrong in using their positions to create great wealth after their terms of office have expired. Just as a dictator like Saddam Hussein managed to accrue great wealth so a person who was elected to high office, like Tony Blair, has also managed to accrue great wealth. The means were different, but the end result the same. High office brings great wealth.
The acquisition of great wealth changes people, or else brings out their latent defects. You see, money has no conscience and owes no loyalty.