Chesterton said that, "When you break the big laws, you do not get freedom; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws."
We've broken, attempted to repeal or forgotten some big laws - at least our governments have. I don't know how this is related to breaking big laws, but it most surely is a petty and small law.
A commenter has mentioned the article on Chesterton in the current issue of the New Yorker. For those who have read the article, I recommend a counterbalancing dose consisting in Dale Ahlquists's response, which you can read here: