Class struggle is an inevitability; it will always exist. Its the by product of wanting a better life. Class warfare is unlikely in the US. We have created a system in which those at the bottom are given just enough so that they will not unite and rise up.
We all know the reason that Communism, as practiced in the 20th Century, failed is that it never met the ideals of equality it was based on. The countries who willingly or unwillingly adopted it as a form of government never even came close to any level of equality between the leadership class and the masses. The same problem besets Democracies with economies based on Capitalist principles.
When there are different rules for those at the top of the socio-politcal-economic hierarchy it seems fair to say that any form of government/economy will have problems. This is at the heart of the problems in the United States.
GOP nominee Mitt Romney, the President charged, had only a “one-point plan” for the U.S. economy — “to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules.”
It also needs to be said that the “folks” at the top are not just people, but also large corporations and organizations. These organizations effectively have a political vote through their lobbying and campaign funding efforts; affording them the effective rights of a citizen. This “vote” is often used to ensure that they play by different rules than others. Proxy ownership of these organizations through stocks, bonds, and other means further differentiates the rules for the “folks” at the top from those in the middle and bottom.
The issue with economic inequality won’t be solved by wealth redistribution. It will be quieted, if not solved, when a person who works 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, 48 weeks a year is paid enough by business owners (actual and proxy) to afford the basic necessities. A person who works 8/40/52 isn’t necessarily able to afford decent housing, decent food, decent education, and decent healthcare without aid from the government. If a capitalist “free market” (labor or otherwise) actually existed workers wouldn’t need government assistance (redistribution) to afford the basic necessities. They would be paid wages sufficient to afford those necessities. The problem is that the rules are written by and for the “folks” at the top and they create iniquities and inequalities which are grossly lopsided in favor of perpetuating those in economic ascendancy and preventing the flow up the socio-economic ladder of those who aren’t.