Quotation by Sigmund Freud

I have no concern with any economic criticisms of the communist system; I cannot enquire into whether the abolition of private property is expedient or advantageous. But I am able to recognize that the psychological premises on which the system is based are an untenable illusion. In abolishing private property we deprive the human love of aggression of one of its instruments ... but we have in no way altered the differences in power and influence which are misused by aggressiveness.
Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, Standard Edition, vol. 21, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961). Civilization and Its Discontents, ch. 5 (1930).
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