It's not necessary to completely destroy capitalism to impoverish us irrevocably. The further a regime moves in the direction of the "egalitarian" states of the old communist world, the worse the impoverishment will be.
Much of the media discussion around the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall will focus on American military politics and the politicians of the time. But to truly understand why the Soviet system in Eastern Europe collapsed, we must look to Mises's pioneering work on economic planning.
Middle-income households and workers haven't been disappearing. They've been moving into higher income levels, while the lowest-income groups have been getting smaller. But another recession could erase many of the gains made over 20 years.