It's quite impressive that, nearly 170 years ago, there were people who saw exactly where the nanny state would lead.
"When under the pretext of fraternity, the legal code imposes mutual sacrifices on the citizens, human nature is not thereby abrogated. Everyone will then direct his efforts toward contributing little to, and taking much from, the common fund of sacrifices. Now, is it the most unfortunate who gains from this struggle? Certainly not, but rather the most influential and calculating".
- Frédéric Bastiat (“Justice and fraternity”, in Journal des Économistes, 15 June 1848, page 324)