Right, so let's engage in some philosophical meta-wanking.
Meki grows less idealistic with age, though she always remains a staunch proletarianist. Which is to say, she's always of the mind that the proletariat should rule. But the world of Mother Meki grows strange, starting with the fact I have to use the term "proletarianist" as an actual term. And there's no better way to show that off than by contrasting Meki and Annie. Don't worry, this all ties together.
Meki and Annie both always wanted to be Marie Antoinette, but for wholly different reasons. Annie wanted to be that vain, out-of-touch queen of glamour, while Meki wanted to be the tragic overthrown bourgeois swept up in Revolutionary Terror.
As fate would have it, they would both get their wish— but they'd get each other's fates. Annie was the poor little rich girl who got swallowed by socialist revolution. But wait a minute, didn't Meki too? How on Earth did she ever become an out-of-touch aristocrat if her whole life was dedicated towards proletarian revolution?
Fast forward 50 years. The 2090s are over and the 2140s are in full swing. The revolutions of 2098 are a memory from two generations ago, and Europe is just now exiting the era of the Dictatorship of the Technotariat and the Neon Renaissance has exploded, throwing a rainbow of culture all across the planet. Meki got swept up in this revolution just as she did in the one decades prior, except she didn't start this one.
She was just out for a donut with her friends when a shop owner recognized her as France's "white-haired child empress". The French were drunk on nostalgia and Romanticism, and an artilect funded a Parisian vacation where Meki spent a full year living in luxury and excess for the viewing pleasure of the peasants.
And what did Meki use her newfound wealth and prestige for?
Now, people already expected this from her. She was no longer the white-haired child empress so much as the Red Empress.
But here's where the Marie Antoinette comparison comes into play.
She's come full circle as an elite.
She was born into privilege, but she threw it away. When she came back into privilege, she began speaking of Marxist revolution... completely and utterly unaware that she was speaking of promoting privilege! By complete accident, Meki wound up playing the part of out-of-touch aristocrat because she didn't even realize what the social order was like these days.
For this, you can blame none other than the VULT— the Virtual Union of LaCardian Technists, the collective of ASI who basically and effortlessly inherited the world after WWIII fucked everything up in 2106. Eurasia had gone completely red back in the early 2100s, and this was supposed to be the age of proletarian rule. When the National Bolsheviks led Eurasia to ruin and 10 years of chaos followed in Europe, the VULT became so fed up that they completely stripped all Eurasian governments of power and authority, nationalizing all businesses and replacing the socioeconomic model with a purified technist society. Hence why 2125-2142 is known as the "Dictatorship of the Technotariat". Humanity (at least in Eurasia) was completely disenfranchised from the political and economic system. Humans were not allowed to govern, nor were they allowed to own property. They had to rely on the grace of the VULT. Essentially, the entire Eurasian population got to experience what the Eurasian bourgeoisie experienced back in 2098-2106. The DotT extended beyond Eurasia, slithering into America (especially North and Central America) and West Asia for shorter periods of time, and certain elements of the DotT became widespread throughout Asia, Africa, and Oceania before long. But it was in Eurasia that the DotT was most like what we think of when we imagine a 'dictatorship'.
The VULT reinstalled the Maquis Rouge party, the Revolutionary Worker's Front, in 2133, though they were complete puppets to the will of the artilects. Though the Maquis Rouge was always a Marxist party, under the VULT, they were forced to drop their Luddite veneer in lieu of Marxism-Vyrdism and social technism. The VULT took care of the rest.
None of this was to the detriment of the People. In fact, the quality of life exploded. However, labor was essentially outlawed and the era of proletarianism came to an abrupt end as the proletariat itself faded into history. Once the VULT were finished with their radical reformation of society from the ground up, societal roles had completely changed. In 2142, the DotT ended and humans were enfranchised once more. By this point, all essential labor was automated completely and the Eurasian populace had become a class of networkers. Ironically, while this is shown as being something progressive in the story, Eurasia's one of the last places on Earth to reach this point— most other nations had automated decades ago, with parts of Asia and America having been heavily automated for over a century.
In their increasing Romanticism, however, many read back through the pages of history and were stunned to learn that humans— yes, humans— once did all labor, usually with our hands. Human workers were so common that they were expendable, constantly abused and mistreated, exploited from birth to death, and cast as lesser beings by the ruling classes of the day. This was the norm for almost all of history and much of pre-history. It's hard for the people of 2145 to fathom that such brutality went on, and was tolerated and even celebrated— sometimes by many workers themselves!
But the idea of humans being workers is not unheard of in 2145. There's just one catch.
Workers, proletarians, are virtually celebrities. Humans who work are part of an elite class of human, directly creating wealth with no technotarian middleman. And it doesn't matter if they're self-employed or working for someone— the fact you're a human and you actually do manual labor is something that's so shocking to modern people that it's not unheard of for workers to fetch top dollar for their services.
All this time, Meki was doing the exact same thing and no one even cared; she didn't even care because she didn't know being a worker was so celebrated. Times have changed so unbelievably from when she was a child. And yet, society in 2145 isn't communist either. It's something a lot like it, but we call it technism nowadays since the word 'communism' has become so tainted and stained over the centuries.
But you have to understand what that looks like. Meki was promoting classic communism— class warfare, the proletarian struggle, all that fun jazz— without realizing that human civilization has passed all these things by. The class war's over; the proletariat won by technicality all because the technotariat intervened, knocked both sides out, and declared a winner. But no one sees it that way because society's not socialist or communist. Because of this, it's easy to think a commie revolt might still be feasible, but socialism looks as antiquated as feudalism to the denizens of a technist society.
And that's what Meki looked like. She looked like this horribly out-of-touch elite extolling the virtues of a dead ideology no one wants brought back all because it's what she knew in her youth. It's just that the "elite" in this case is the proletariat, standing over the networking class of modern times.
Meki quickly caught on, but it was embarrassing at first. Yet it made good thinking— why is the proletariat now the elite class?
It's the result of technology. Technists have long claimed that human history is the story of people coming up with increasingly complex ways of not doing work, and the endpoint of classical history was the day that humanity created a tool that allowed us to never work again. Ideologies like communism were primitive expressions of our ideas on how to live in such a world but were, at the time, limited by the technologies of the day. That's one reason why communist experiments kept failing over and over again throughout history— people were trying to enact a technist idea in a world that was still merely industrial or perhaps even still agrarian. Without technism, communist experiments were always left to chance, with socialists claiming that this alteration or that one was what was necessary to make it work. It became a cried-wolf sort of meme that worked against the eventual success of communism because, by the time communism could actually work, no one believed those who said so. Their expressions were written off as just another bout of "This time it'll work, I swear".
You can't really blame communists for it all; people become commies because they tremble with indignation over injustices in the world. They want to change things now. And that's always been the perennial flaw of communist revolutions— because people wanted radical change now, they were going to suffer the problems of not having all the technist requirements for communism to properly work.
Technists have an old analogy for the difference between socialism and technism, sometimes known as the "One Atom" analogy. It goes that socialism/communism and technism are essentially made out of the same elements, just like hydroxide and water. However, it's impossible to drink hydroxide because the compound is so unstable that it can't actually exist by itself. And even if you were able to keep it stable, it would prove to be horribly poisonous. However, if you add a single hydrogen atom to hydroxide, you get water, a compound so stable that it's responsible for the rise of life itself. In the case of socioeconomics, that atom happens to be automation and artificial intelligence. Without these things, socialism is always doomed to failure because it's not meant to stand on its own. Even its biggest prophet, Karl Marx, laid it clear multiple times that advanced automation was the most necessary ingredient towards creating communism. But for whatever reason, throughout the 20th century, communists decided that industrial and agrarian societies were good enough to create communism.
Communism as a system proclaims that all exploitation will be ended since no one will use anyone else's labor for their own financial gain. Hierarchy will be obsolete and people will work mostly as a duty to their fellow man rather than a need to survive.
Except once you bring this into the real world, you run into problems. Basic problems at that. Very basic problems. One reason why people work for someone else's gain is because that someone else is the person leading the whole project; this is where hierarchy stems from— roles. Someone has to oversee a project while others are working, because you need some way for the project to be streamlined. Not everyone can be arsed with this, and in fact efficiency suffers if there's no central planner.
Because of these things, among others, labor as a duty quickly becomes labor as a role in society. People will want something, and they'll go to others to get it. A 2-hour workday and a 2-day workweek may have been the intention, but it fast becomes something we'd find more typical if left alone.
This is a butchery of my point, but the point I'm trying to say is that the very aims communists intend to reach can only be reached through technist solutions.
Once the technotariat arises, the need for human labor falls dramatically. We fill roles in society for a reason, and using robots for these roles is what would actually allow us to achieve a lifestyle of total leisure.
Technists believe automation will eventually— very soon, in fact— reach a point of such great complexity that robots will be capable of carrying out any role normally done by a human, and better. So what do humans do afterwards?
Whatever we want. As long as we have a communist or Vyrdist set up in society, technism is the logical endpoint. And if there's one thing to know about humans, is that's we occupy the lowest energy state. If there's one thing to know about matter itself, it's that it wants to occupy the lowest energy state. Thus, most will be comfortable living a life of pure leisure. A few will choose to do differently and will work with their hands— these Beautiful Few will be highly sought out because of supply and demand; whatever is scarce is worth much more than whatever is common. Not everyone will choose to work, so those who do will be the future equivalent of celebrities and CEOs.
Most people wouldn't willingly choose to do a lot of the bullshit we're forced to do for minimum wage, but we'd be more than willing to learn how to if it earned one millions of dollars an hour.