The levels of inequality we're seeing, along with what seems to be profound structural economic change weakening the middle class, are dangerous for political and social stability. Conservatives should be concerned about this. Because conservatism is about conserving the internal coherence of a society through prudential judgment. It is not, whatever Jonah Goldberg believes, an ideology. It is the antithesis of ideology.
There are few conservatives left in the wild. Conservative Intellectuals are next to becoming extinct and are hunted without mercy by their rivals for dominance of the right side of the spectrum. In the harsh survival of the fittest type world we face today, these Conservative Intellectuals have been outcompeted by their rivals, a cadre of pseudo-intellectuals, hucksters, neocons and their useful idiots, all of whom seek a right wing utopia based upon (unregulated) big business, bullets, banjos and bibles (selected parts only).
This is a revolutionary movement disguised as conservatism. Ironically, the goal of this disguised conservative movement is to implement radical change which is required in order to preserve the American status quo. Yes, to preserve the customary internal norms of behavior in society, radical change is needed.
We are coming to a point where the Democratic Party may be seen by many as the conservative governing party. Do you like breathing Clean Air? Do you like safe Drinking Water? How about Clean Rivers and Lakes? Do you like having school grounds and parks free from hazardous substances? Do you like the fact that Grandma get Medicare and Social Security and that it'll be there for you someday? One party will protect this status quo while another one wants radical change.