A group of scientists (in my idea for a novel) have secretly invented an invention with which every person on this planet can be turned to behave altruistically. In the context of my question the term "altruism" means "concern for the welfare of others". Since this would be an ideal world if everyone were friendly, considerate, and helpful towards everyone else, I cannot for the life of me come up with an antagonist (or several) who would oppose the plan to make use of that invention.
Probably certain rich folk would prefer to not want to give away their wealth, and some individuals might resent the idea that they were no longer acting of their own free will, but I don't see these individuals acting on their unease, and I don't see any sane and thinking person not wanting altruism for everyone. I guess I'm blinded by my own ideology, so:
Who would oppose a conspiracy to turn everyone into altruists?
I'm not looking for mere objection, but for someone who would put themselves in the way of those who want to turn everyone into altruists and take measures to wipe out that "threat". Would a government send their secret service? That kind of opposition.
Since there has been some misunderstanding about this point, let me reiterate that the phrase "every person" in the first sentence of my question indeed means every person, including future generations, and that "every person" according to the dictionary definition of "every" includes each man and woman without exception.
One objection has come up several times, so I'll address it here:
Being altruistic does not imply that
- you force help on someone who does not want that help
- you disregard individual differences and help everyone in the same way
- you know what is best
Of course, altruists will
- have to ask a person what they need and whether they want help at all
- make mistakes and unintentionally cause suffering
- have to face difficult decisions
To make the premise more clear: The device removes any inclination to intentionally hurt others and makes everyone consider the wellbeing of others before they act. It does not make anyone lose their self-preservation instinct or make them stupid.