Subtitle: Lack of control drives people to demand more of the law.
From a WSJ editorial
discussing the blame game calls for more regulation following the breakdown of the financial system:
So why blame deregulation and small government? The social psychologist Gustav Jahoda says that unreasonable beliefs often arise in circumstances where people lack control and need to believe in something to get them through a highly stressful situation.
At this point, when people call for more regulation, they are believing that more law is the answer (a highly unreasonable belief indeed!).