Quotation by Sigmund Freud

Human life in common is only made possible when a majority comes together which is stronger than any separate individual and which remains united against all separate individuals. The power of this community is then set up as "right" in opposition to the power of the individual, which is condemned as "brute force."
Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 21, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961). Civilization and its Discontents, ch. 3 (1930).

Freud interpreted this replacement of the power of the individual by the power of the community as "the decisive step of civilization."
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