'Governments' do not necessarily,
as Emerson would have it, 'have their origin in the moral identity of men.'
To believe that government does is to confuse its legitimations with its
causes. Just as often, or even more often, such moral identities
as men of some society may have rest on the fact that institutional rulers
successfully monopolize, and even impose, their master symbols (The
Sociological Imagination, 1959, p. 37).