Good points, Dave. It’s hard to lead a revolution when you’re trying to pay the bills.
One factor that may tip the scales is that big business is constantly downsizing and shaking off its excess personnel. Many people see this and find an exit strategy, though not yet the majority. The more who escape and create alternatives, the better the chances for the revolution. Kind of like the American revolution – there was a core of dedicated revolutionaries but most people would have gone either way. Once things got rolling, the revolutionaries were able to turn the tide.
If this picture speaks the truth, then this is where the revolutionaries will come from: