Aristotle on the Three State Sections …

Aristotle, Politics IV. xi. 4th Century. BC.

In all states there are three state-sections: the very well-off, the very badly off, and thirdly those in between. Since therefore it is agreed that moderation and a middle position are best, it is clear that, in the matter of goods of fortune also, to own a middling amount is best of all. This condition is most easily obedient to reason, and following reason is just what is difficult both for the exceedingly rich, handsome, strong and well-born, and for their opposites, the extremely poor, the weak, and those grossly deprived of honour. The former incline more to arrogance and crime on a large scale, the latter are more than averagely prone to wicked ways and petty crime.

Riot police clash with protestors during an anti G20 demonstration near the Bank of England in London, on April 1, 2009. Violent clashes kicked off in London's financial district late Wednesday after protesters demonstrating against the G20 summit here were penned in by riot police for several hours. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with protestors during an anti G20 demonstration near the Bank of England in London, on April 1, 2009. Violent clashes kicked off in London’s financial district late Wednesday after protesters demonstrating against the G20 summit here were penned in by riot police for several hours. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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