"For as the proletariat in Western societies has become affluent, so the middle and upper classes have become proletarianized. Their attitudes toward time, work, and leisure have come to exhibit characteristics of the lower classes."
"...Toynbee endorsed Christopher Dawson's observation that the mark of a culture's last stage is not decay but syncretism. The advance into the established culture of the West of pagan and primitive modes of music and art should therefore not be regarded, as it so often is, as progress, but rather as a sign of decline. What is sometimes interpreted as the conversion of the whole world to the ways of the West is, on this showing, something quite different. It is, in Toynbee's words, a mass conscription "into the Western society's swollen internal proletariat.
As the dominant society continues its breakdown, the once-admiring external proletariat not only turn away their mimetic activity and admiration but also become hostile to the metropolitan center. At the same time, the disintegrating civilization turns against its own traditions and in its admiration of the more primitive society, burns in self-hatred. In the past this process has often been accompanied by a Voekerwanderung, the physical entry into the declining civilization o the peoples of the external proletariat. It may be a modern manifestation of this that we see in the migration of people from the Third World to the West." Idols For Destruction pages 269-270