This obsession with control stems from a fundamental insecurity of losing control of things. What people involved in these decisions think, is that they can apply and predict human behaviour on the basis of the right 'carrots' and 'sticks'.
What they conveniently forget is that human beings are not machines (yes I realise that should be blindingly obvious). This tangentially brings me to Battlestar Galactica:
For those of you who don't know, I love the new Battlestar Galactica, the long since finished cult sci fi show was a re imagining of a show in the 1970's that lasted a single season. The original series was a camp sci fi show that borrowed heavily from the Star Wars. It was based on the concept that in some far universe there were colonies of human beings, that were attacked and wiped out by aliens known as Cylons. The survivors formed a rag tag fleet led by the battleshipe 'Galactica' which started on a quest to find the home of all humans 'Earth',
Another core theme is the undercurrent influences of Japanese Anime and the movie Bladerunner. These movies ask the question, why do we presume humanity has the right to continue?
How true playing puppeteer is dangerous, because in real life, a time may come when you can't escape the things you've done."we never answered the question "Why?" Why are we as a people worth saving? We still commit murder because of greed and spite, jealousy, and we still visit all of our sins upon our children. We refuse to accept the responsibility for anything that we've done, like we did with the Cylons. We decided to play God, create life. And when that life turned against us, we comforted ourselves in the knowledge that it really wasn't our fault, not really. You cannot play God then wash your hands of the things that you've created. Sooner or later, the day comes when you can't hide from the things that you've done anymore."