The politics of Power versus Force
Power versus Force
Power (real authority) is a result of respecting the
will of people, and taking action that derives from their wishes .
Force relies on the threat of violence, or actual violence
to control the behavior of other people.
In the political arena, real power is manifest when
a leader responds to the will of those he/she represents.
Force is the opposite of power. Force puts a figurative
or actual gun to your head and makes you do something
against your will.
No one wants to “kill babies.” People will sometimes
get an abortion because they believe the fetus is not a
yet a baby.
Power: The parents of a pregnant teen express their wishes,
then ask the young couple what they want to do.
Force: The parents take away the free will choice of their child.
Power: Polls consistently show that the US population supports
Roe v. Wade, and legislation upholds their wishes.
Force: Stack the Supreme Court with minority-view justices to
create an end-run around the people’s vote.
On International Relations:
A rogue nation is threatening its neighbors, and creating
Power: The US cooperates with other nations to order
sanctions against the rogue nation in order to provide
incentives to change their behaviors.
Force: The US unilaterally bombs the offending nation
and sends in troops to occupy their territory.
Can ya smell what I’m cooking here?
Power is real authority to act, based on the will of
the majority of the people.
Force is abuse of people and leads to resentment,
and ever-escalating use of force.