The Value of the Middle-Class
The middle-class way:
Be neither filthy rich, nor desperately poor!
"There are three classes of citizens. The first are
the rich, who are indolent and yet always crave more. The second are
the poor, who have nothing, are full of envy, hate the rich, and are
easily led by demagogues. Between the two extremes lie those who make
the state secure and uphold the laws."
The Suppliants c. 420 B.C.
"Throughout history all intelligent observers of
society have welcomed the emergence of a flourishing middle class,
which they have rightly
associated with economic prosperity, political stability, the
growth of individual freedom and the raising of moral and cultural
The middle class, stretching from the self-employed skilled craftsman
to the leaders of the learned professions, has produced the overwhelming
majority of the painters, architects, writers, and musicians,
as well as the administrators, technologists and scientists, on which
and strength of a culture principally rest. The health of the
middle class is probably the best index of the health of society
as a whole;
and any political system which persecutes its middle class systematically
is unlikely to remain either free or prosperous for long."
Enemies of Society