Nothing appears more surprising to those, who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and the implicit submission, with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. When we enquire by what means this wonder is effected, we shall find, that, as Force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is therefore, on opinion only that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the most free and most popular.
David Hume in Pierre Bourdieu, Bourdieu, Threshold Collection Liber, 1997, Points, 2003 p.257, also in the On state. Lectures at the College de France 1989-1992, Reasons for action / Seuil, 2012, p .257-258 (via itsworsethanthat)