ADDENDUM: Leyendo Self-reliance, de Emerson, me encuentro con este pasaje que viene al pelo de la discusión anterior:
Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities or creators, but names and customs.