Dreaming of a Guilded Age

The Middle Aristotle argues in his Politics that it is the middle class, the artisans, the teachers, the lawyers, the military officers, the traders and the farmers who form the backbone of a lawful and constitutional society. Without developing a healthy middle class, society falls either to a mindless mob of the poor, or is predated upon by the extremely wealthy. But today, the dominant species in the middle class has metamorphosed from the shopkeepers, professionals and artisans of the classic Western bourgeoisie into the bloated and parasitic

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