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… is from a January 1847 number of The Economist; it is reprinted on page 248 of Matt Ridley’s superb 1997 book, The Origins of Virtue [2]:

The Post probably imagines, because laws and institutions are intended to promote the public benefit, that they make society; but a different philosophy [3] represents society as the natural product of the instincts of individuals.