Former Bush II advisor Bruce Bartlett:
Historically, it has been conservatives like the 19th century chancellor of Germany, Otto von Bismarck, who established the welfare state in Europe. They did so because masses of poor people create social instability and become breeding grounds for radical movements.
He echoes my point that many policies that modern-day conservatives attribute to liberals are, in essence, conservative. They just don’t want to admit it for some reason.
It is also one of the most powerful points to make for those who despise the proletariat. It is in your own interest that those people are helped and lead more or less decent lives (no one is talking about luxury here). Because when they don’t, when their discontent passes that critical mass, even your gated-community cocoon will not be enough to shield you from undesired social changes.