Adam Afshar Posted 8 months ago Must government rest upon violence? If so, what are the implications? It would seem to me that it would come down to an issue of power. What is a government if not an assembly of power and while there are many ways to flex power and influence over another government, the most immediately effective appears to be violence, either directly or indirectly. Whether this is inherently true is another question but what people have found to gather the most attention and bend others into cooperation is the threat of such a heinous alternative.