One of the problems with what I do is that I look for patterns in human behaviour, and once I see them I have difficulty un-seeing them. And there's a set of patterns I keep seeing that are implicit in our news reportage—specifically, the reporting of legal cases. Patterns which seem to me to have a very simple underlying cause but which we take so much for granted that we don't recognize them explicitly.
1. Justice is a religious cult.
2. Law is holy scripture.
3. Judges are priests.
4. Judicial capital punishment is human sacrifice.
I'd like to note that in some contexts, point (2) is explicit. Nobody in the Anglosphere quibbles at the idea of Shari'a law being religious law based on holy scripture because it says it is. And when you've got a legal-religious hierarchy such as exists in shi'ism or orthodox judaism it's pretty hard to deny point (3). The laws the Christian Dominionists would like to foist upon us are similarly derived from a religious point of origin. Point (4) is more questionable, but if one notes that capital punishment is not a necessity for crime prevention (and it certainly isn't rehabilitative!) then one is forced to ask why it's associated with justice. And finally, to circle back to point (1), why are people generally so uncomfortable with the idea of abandoning justice?
At risk of invoking a pop-sci ev-psych explanation, there's some experimental evidence to support the hypothesis that monkeys and primates have an innate preference for fairness in transactional encounters. Lack of fairness offends monkeys, and humans, at a very low level. So I hypothesize that, just as religious behaviour in general seems to be a by-product of theory of mind (we've evolved to attribute intent to other animals in order to anticipate their behaviour; when we attribute intent to natural phenomena like storms and lightning we end up with invisible sky daddies who are angry), so "justice" is a by-product of the mechanisms that allow primates to socialize with one another without intra-group predation. It emerges not as a pre-formed body of rules, but as a predisposition to divide behaviours into "good" and "bad" categories, and to attribute religious intent to this categorization.
Now let's note some corollaries:
1. Justice-as-religion implies a seat of absolute authority from which judgements may be passed—naively, a God (or goddess, or symbol) of justice. (In reality, it's a shared human cognitive process: the natural non-human world has no justice mechanism. But human-centric processes are, well, human-centric.)
2. Anarchism is hated and loathed by the followers of the Cult of Justice because it occupies a role equivalent to Atheism in the context of religions: it's corrosive of certainty, and a large subset of humanity simply can't cope with uncertainty.
3. Governments embody mechanisms for creating and enforcing laws. It follows that all governments are theocracies.
Discuss point (3).