"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."
-C. S. Lewis
Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Bureaucracy. Benjamin Barton has an interesting take on JK Rowlings view of government and believes it was the result of dealing with the government when she was on the dole. Worth a read.