At the beginning of the Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle makes the following, very democratic observation:

Persons of low tastes (always in the majority) hold that happiness is pleasure … The utter vulgarity of the herd of men comes out in their preference for the sort of existence a cow leads. Their view would hardly get a respectful hearing.

And so he dismisses the perceived view of the majority and focuses on ethics for the well-born, i.e. the propertied class.

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