The Government rules through fear
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They use fear real, imagined or created to control and enslave the population. Akin to the Mafia on a much greater scale. Give us your money so we can protect you.
You initial statements are interesting and open a "can of worms" that I'm more than interested in speaking about; though the term government is rather open and can lead us down various avenues.
Governments and in fact all leadership structures are kept in power by one method, which in is support. Support of the military, support of the rich and support of the people are just some of the examples of what have kept governments in power.
Fear is not a weapon used by just governments. Fear in those cases is a response to negative connotations created by situations.
Take your example of fear of imprisonment. The reason for imprisonment is to remove unwanted actions from society. It acts as both a detterent and punishment for those who consider harming others or other unlawful things. Imprisonment is a representation of a collective agreement of the masses to exclude negative behavior and requires structures to be in place to enforce these systems - Hence governments/leadership structures.
You've used statements such as fear of terrorism & fear of force/harm as examples of how governments rule. I feel this is the reason governments were created in the first place.
Negative actions are countered other actions. You prevent harm by making things safer. You prevent loss of jobs by providing a stable, growing economy. All these things require leadership to function and this is represented as a Government.
While I'm not disagreeing that some governments and leaders all over the world do things that we don't agree with or cause "fear" to you and I - I feel that your argument would need to be more specific regarding the actual "government" in question to rather than a sweeping generalisation to encompass all governments.
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