… is from chapter 1 of William Graham Sumner’s 1885 book, Protectionism: the -ism Which Teaches that Waste Makes Wealth:
The new radical statesmen show no disposition to let their neighbors alone. They think that they have come into power just because they know what their neighbors need to have done to them.
DBx: Insistence on butting into other people’s business is believed by many to be evidence of altruism and wisdom. It is, instead, evidence of a greedy urge to exercise power combined with a foolish fantasy that such power is fit to be exercised by anyone over anyone.