Quotation by Ruth Benedict

The mere fact of leaving ultimate social control in the hands of the people has not guaranteed that men will be able to conduct their lives as free men. Those societies where men know they are free are often democracies, but sometimes they have strong chiefs and kings. ... they have, however, one common characteristic: they are all alike in making certain freedoms common to all citizens, and inalienable.
Ruth Benedict (1887–1948), U.S. anthropologist. An Anthropologist at Work, part 4 (1959).

From "Primitive Freedom," a paper written in 1942.
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