Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
Now, in the UK, we have a tyranny of "good". Our government is not a democracy, but a lobbyocracy. The reason why laws get passed in parliament, is not that the people want them, but because fronts/charities/entities/ lobby groups intent to change society "for its own good" make it happen. That is why, when you live in the UK, the laws seem so discordant with what most ordinary people think.
CS Lewis - those who torment us for our own good will torment us
without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. And may I add, convince us that we can feel righteous approval of OUR consciences, only if we and politicians also agree with them. It's a hopeless case really it is.
BRING ON THE ROBBER BARONS PLEASE!