… is from page 234 of the 1983 Atheneum Press edition of E. Adamson Hoebel’s classic 1954 book, The Law of Primitive Man :
The functionaries of the Ashanti legal institutions had come to forget that the institutions had been created for the benefit of society; they had come to think that they existed to serve their own selfish interests. They had succumbed to the eternal danger that besets any institution that has become so complex that its services require full-time experts. Experts are tempted to treat the institution as existing to support them rather than perceiving that they themselves exist as servants of the institution and of the people who created and sustain it. The Ashanti elders had become shysters and fee-grabbers.