A revolution without a revolution: the specific people in power change, but the power structures don't, and the poor see themselves as "temporarily embarrassed millionaires" who could one day be one of those new faces in power.
While Luchino Visconti's 1963 film The Leopard takes place during the 19th century Italian revolution and Unification, its main critiques are true of many revolutions. The same men who signed the Declaration of Independence sent soldiers to quell Shay's Rebellion. "Congress is broken, but not MY congressman."
"We were the leopards, the lions, those who take our place will be jackals, hyenas and the whole lot of us - leopards, lions, jackals and sheep - will continue to think ourselves the salt of the earth."