The global owners of capital learn quickly. They know very well that the system they have constructed for transferring wealth upwards is not natural and needs constant maintenance.
Wealth is not like evaporating water that ascends from the earth to form clouds of super-rich elites who float above the rest of us. It has to be extracted.
Thomas Friedman stated it with typical blunt eloquence when he said that the “Hidden Hand of the Market” doesn’t work without the “Hidden Fist” of the state. In other words, we can continue to call enslavement and pillage “free market capitalism”, so long as we understand that it is just a euphemism, and we don’t start believing that it does not require brutality to enforce.
The Arab Spring came as a surprise, and elites do not like surprises.
They took immediate steps to restore the status quo wherever they could, and to impose crippling chaos wherever they couldn’t, to at least ensure that no alternative system could develop to challenge their authority.
Countries like Libya and Syria which were not compliant with the dictates of neoliberalism, and not yet integrated into the global economic system, were left in ruins. Countries like Egypt and Tunisia, were quickly brought back into line.
The Empire of Capital refuses to be surprised again. They have learned the lessons of 2011.
They know well that their psychotic greed will create popular opposition. As long as that opposition focuses on merely changing government administrations, they can hold opposition at bay.
Fury will subside when a new administration is installed, and then be reignited by the continuity of unjust policies, so another new administration can be installed to keep the pacification cycle going.
If the population, however, becomes focused on changing policy, instead of changing administrations, well, more direct measures will be necessary.
If they cannot be pacified, they will be crushed.