A nation’s productive—and moral, and intellectual—top is the middle class. It
is a broad reservoir of energy, it is a country’s motor and lifeblood, which
feeds the rest. The common denominator of its members, on their various levels
of ability, is: independence. The upper classes are merely a nation’s past; the
middle class is its future.
Copyright © 1986 by Harry Binswanger.
Introduction copyright © 1986 by Leonard Peikoff.
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