Look upon your work, ye mighty social change junkies, and despair.
Update: David Warren writes:
To my mind, the basic attitudes of the underclass - a hardened, live-fortoday atheism; unconcealed envy and greed; inability to care about the consequences of one's actions; indifference to any kind of social taboo - had tinctured the whole society. Those who flaunted their wealth, and those who intended to loot it, were united in a new kind of social compact, based on the purest materialism.
"Free markets" can remove obstacles to the accumulation of wealth. But they cannot replace the glue that holds a society together, after it has been dissolved in the bureaucratic acids of that Nanny State.