All decent people are, as are some terrible people
I'm sure most of those who created the State had the best of intentions.
Most probably they felt they were doing a good thing. They wanted order to overcome liberty, which they mistook for chaos.
Just like most statists today, and those who support cops.
Good intentions. I know because I know many of them.
But that's why I don't put much stock in intentions. Results are more important. A good quote from The Null Zone- Episode One: Janus illustrates the point:
"No matter how noble your goals, no matter how pure your ideals, no matter how good your intentions, if you look down and discover you’re eating babies, you’re no longer the good guy."
Well, pragmatic or not, that's what statism is. Don't ever. Not even once.