Quotation by David Riesman

[Freud's] views are remarkably similar to those of the great theorist of autocracy, Thomas Hobbes; for he, too, tried to build a social order on a psychology—and one emphasizing men's fears and passions. Just as Freud imagined that society began from a compact of the brothers who had slain their tyrant father and realized that only in union and renunciation could they avoid the war of all against all, so Hobbes saw men in the state of nature as engaged in ceaseless combat, with peace attainable only by renunciation of virtually all individual rights.
David Riesman (b. 1909), U.S. social scientist. "Authority and Liberty in the Structure of Freud's Thought," Individualism Reconsidered, Doubleday (1955).
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