“It is this desire for reciprocal recognition that leads the most authoritarian democracies to be, at times, consciously preferred by its members to the most enlightened oligarchies, or sometimes causes a member of some newly liberated Asian or African state to complain less today, when he is rudely treated by members of his own race or nation, than when he was governed by some cautious, just, gentle, well-meaning administrator from outside. I may feel unfree in the sense of not being recognised as a self-governing individual human being; but I may feel it also as a member of an unrecognized or insufficiently respected group: I wish for the emancipation of my entire class, or community, or nation, or race, or profession. So much can I desire this, that I may, in my bitter longing for status, prefer to be bullied and misgoverned by some member of my own race or social class, by whom I am nevertheless, recognized as a man and a rival — that is as an equal — to being well and tolerantly treated by someone from some higher and remoter group, who does not recognize me for what I wish myself to be. This is the heart of the great cry for recognition on the part of both individuals and groups, and in our own day, of professions and classes, nations and races.”
pp. 157–58 – Four Essays on Liberty 1969. Quoted in p. 71-2 of Liberal Nationalism, Yael Tamer, 1993.