It is all about the propaganda.
Note the subtle reverse psychology in the following cartoon where the meaning is the complete opposite of that you think it is. The starving masses are dehumanized as grabbing shadows. This is actually a pro-capitalist cartoon masquerading as pro-socialism. Capitalism and Communism are two sides of the same coin united in the concept of artificial scarcity. In reality nobody has to starve because there is more than enough food for everyone.
Nobody benefits from this. It is a lose / lose paradigm for the human race. The only entities that like this are the parasites who feed off of human misery.