Our society loves cliches. Convention is a powerful way to keep the herd heading in the direction those in power want us to head.
However, when those in power begin to exploit convention for their own ends, one has to have a bit of a look and see if the systems need a bit of revision.
That 'rules' are necessary to prevent chaos is a cliche. This particular cliche seeks to justify law and regulations which people all too readily equate as expressions of morality.
Rules are not, however, the thing that prevents chaos - it is the implicit agreement, or societal consensus that is meant to underpin the appointment of the lawmakers through electoral processes that makes the rules acceptable to those that become bound by them.
If, however, the electoral process does not deliver to the voters leaders whose give effect to the societal consensus, there will be discord and chaos with the added complexity that people will still feel morally obliged to comply with their laws, however absurd or unfair they may be. The outrage that people feel when they discover that rules have been implemented to serve the needs of the few is quite natural and proper, but is all to often expressed in violence and rebellion which does generate chaos and instability which the corrupt, self-interested leaders use to justify the control measures they introduce.
The best way to prevent excessive law enforcement is to make it unnecessary. Be reasonable.