Revolutions are born when hungry people take to the street.
In my 23 years teaching at the university I've encountered many, many students whose livelihoods as children were entirely dependent on food stamps and other forms of supplementary assistance.
These students are citizens, but they come from poverty. Their college education is the promised escape, the ladder of opportunity.
Eliminate food stamps and continue cuts to education and we will have more civil unrest, perhaps even a revolution.
The elites can roll out their oppressive apparatuses, but their forces are no antidote to widespread hunger, the ultimate force of change.