Aristotle introduces the middle class as the group of people that are most desirable in a constitution. They are beneficial to society because they are “the most ready to listen to reason” (paragraph 205). The middle class’s moderate qualities stop them from wanting any of the property of the wealthy or to act wickedly in order to protect their property. The middle class is in a state of satisfaction and do not have clouded judgment.
In consideration of the middle class, Aristotle states that a constitution that is ruled by the many is best fit to reap the benefits of a large middle class. A polity – the type of government that is ruled by the many and seeks to benefit common-interest – is what Aristotle believes to be the best form of government because it structured to benefit from a large middle class. A polity “has a larger share [of