It isn't fear we're taught in school. It's the Pledge of Allegiance, and all the associated propaganda.
Government's control depends upon the superstition that some men have a moral right to rule others. If all a ruler has going for him is fear, then he's a gangster, not a government. Government's legitimacy is in the mind of the beholder: As long as you accept the principle that "government" has a right to boss you around and take your stuff -- they do. And will.
Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...
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