Aristotle describes the occupation of virtuous men of property in the following manner: “Those who are in a position which places them above toil have stewards who attend to their households while they occupy themselves with philosophy and politics” (Politics, Book 1, Ch. 7, 1225b35-38). In this passage, the words “philosophy” and “politics” are shorthand for all the activities of leisure– engagement in the liberal arts and sciences and occupation with the institutions and processes of society.(from "The Capitalist Manifesto by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J. Adler 1958,p 27)
Aristotle was in this way bestowing the obligation of political and philosophical thought on those who had the means to spare time to do it.It is as if saying that the breeder has to feed his animals..:)
Seriously though,it is easy to misinterpret these words into pro-political families politics and try to explain today's situation.Which would be totally wrong.
He spoke about the responsibilities of person,about every one doing what he can do.Think instead those wealthy ,not to occupy themselves with anything else but material consumption and...oh wait,think of today's rich....(most of them )
This as a short note about ...well aristotle.(not my cousin,the other the ancient one)
Distinguishing between two kinds of wealth getting, Aristotle says that “accumulation is the end in the one case, but there is a further end in the other. Hence some persons are led to believe that getting wealth is the object of household management, and the whole idea of their lives is that they ought either to increase their money, or at any rate not to lose it. The origin of this disposition in men,” he declares, “is that they are intent upon living only, and not upon living well” (Politics, Book 1, Ch. 9, 1257b35-1258a2)(from "The Capitalist Manifesto by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J. Adler 1958,p 27)