Fear as A Method Of Control
"Government, which does not and did not grant us our rights, must not now seek to deny them by using fear as its justification." (Malcolm Wallop)
There is a long and storied history behind using fear to browbeat the public into compliance. Fear of punishment has always been levied as long long as laws have been in place, but now we face the use of fears created by our own ruling class to keep the masses distracted. Terrorism, Nonconformity, Racism, War, etc. All of these are propagated by the few with the power to do so, and the result used to their ends.
Every government stands on its ability to make itself feel needed, and the ability to apply force as needed to maintain its rule. While some stand on force alone, others use lies and other such tactics to make the public believe government is a necessary evil, all while they "fix" the problems with solutions that are worse than the problem itself.
The failures of the fear run system
The use of fear to control the public has not yet been perfected, and cannot be relied heavily upon until the population is no longer willing to fight back. This is the sole problem with using fear to control at the currently.