“The obvious question to be raised here is : why does a subject need a Master to assume his or her freedom? Does not such an assumption amount to a kind of pragmatic paradox wherein the very form (a Master gives me freedom) undermines the content (my freedom)? Should we not rather follow the well-known motto of all emancipatory movements: freedom cannot be handed down to us by a benevolent master but has to be won through hard struggle”

Absolute Recoil: Towards A New Foundation Of Dialectical Materialism by Zizek, Slavoj