The unspoken premise of the rule of law is a social contract.
We agree to observe the law in the belief that respect for the law will protect our own interests.
The logical and inevitable consequence of lawlessness on the part of those sworn to uphold the law is contempt for them and the laws they are charged to uphold.
Glenn Instapundit Reynolds
and then, even if you read it when it first came out, reread The Coming Middle Class Anarchy. “What’s really important is that law-abiding middle-class citizens are deciding that playing by the rules is nothing but a sucker’s game. . . . When the backbone of a country starts thinking that laws and rules are not worth following, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to anarchy. TV has given us the illusion that anarchy is people rioting in the streets, smashing car windows and looting every store in sight. But there’s also the polite, quiet, far deadlier anarchy of the core citizenry — the upright citizenry — throwing in the towel and deciding it’s just not worth it anymore.”
Nobody likes to feel like a sucker.
A whole crop sown in the wind is about ready for harvest.