Garett Jones considers why workers might want to redistribute wealth towards capitalists. Post-Keynesians have a name for such a regime: "profit-led" (as opposed to "wage-led").
The distribution of output is the meat and potatoes of Post-Keynesian models, and for a long time profit-led growth wasn't considered to be an important phenomenon. Bhaduri and Marglin (1990) changed that, as well as work by Blecker (my macro political economy professor at AU) on open economy macroeconomics. It turns out it's in these open economy models that profit-led growth starts to become really important.
Empirically it's a mixed bag - some economies seem to be consistently profit-led, some more consistently wage-led. To a large extent, this seems to turn on the sort of trade and labor institutions in place.
UPDATE: So, just to be clear - a rational worker would still want a sort of free-rider relationship where he can take output away from capitalists while most workers distribute towards capitalists. So in terms of actual behavior you may always have this distributional conflict by rational actors. The point is, in a "profit-led" regime redistribution towards capitalists bolsters employment.
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