"There's already a superhero for that. It's called the Invisible Hand of the free market."
Having seen the film, I'm not much the wiser. As this great Daily Beast article notes, the message isn't really that simple.
The big villains - Bane and the angry mob he wields - can be seen as a logical end point of popular dissatisfaction with the status quo. By freeing prisoners and arming the homeless Bane taps into the most disenfranchised populations of Gotham; the police - noble stalwarts against the forces of darkness - are driven literally underground and attacked if they're seen in uniform.
Is this what the 1% - or those opposed to popular movements generally - expect from an uprising? Giving guns to the most nefarious-looking dudes in town, stomping round with some ill-defined speechifying about giving the city back to The People, and then threatening to blow it up?
(An aside: The Mob would never blow up the city. The 1% would: for them, one city's much the same as the next, just a different place to be rich in; the main drags of London, Paris, New York, Shanghai, are pretty much the same, smears of local colour notwithstanding. It's the outskirts, the back streets, the nooks and crannies where the 1% never go, that form a city's true character. If someone had a gun to my head and made me choose between Oxford Street and Seven Sisters Road getting blown up, I would not deliberate for long.)
I was reminded of Agatha Christie's much-maligned thrillers more than anything: in each of them, unionists, Bolsheviks, and the Labour Party are being used as puppets by sinister forces behind the scenes. Because people can't possibly have come to the idea that (a) they are oppressed and (b) this is bad and (c) maybe they can do something about it, all on their own - and good heavens, they surely couldn't organise themselves. They're only proles, after all. No, someone else must be pulling the strings, and their purposes must be deeply sinister.
Because while a face-mutilated pig man with the voice of Sean Connery makes for a good villain, the idea of oppressed people organising themselves to do something about it is truly scary.