Force is a very interesting word. It can mean:

physical energy, power

Its synonyms are:

arm, brunt, clout, coercion, compulsion, conscription, constrait, draft, duress, dynamism, effort, enforcement, exaction, extortion, full head of steam, fury, horsepower, impact, impetus, impulse, might, momentum, muscle, pains, potency, potential, pow, pressure, punch, push, sinew, sock, speed, steam, stimulus, strain, strength, stress, strong arm, stuff*, subjection, tension, trouble, velocity, vigor, violence, what it takes

but it only has two antonyms

powerlessness, weakness

or maybe, you mean force as in:

mental power, energy

in which case the synonyms are:

ability, authority, bite*, capability, coercion, cogency, competence, determination, dominance, drive, duress, effect, effectiveness, efficacy, emphasis, fierceness, forcefulness, gumption, guts*, impressiveness, influence, intensity, intestinal fortitude, obligation, persistence, persuasiveness, point, pressure, puissance, punch, push, requirement, sapience, stress, validity, validness, vehemence, vigor, willpower

but again, there are only two possible antonyms:

incompetence, weakness

Force of course (hee) refers to the potential of either of these two within a group, such as an armed force or labor force.

So, it is easy to understand how the phrase “force for good” came about if the opposite of force is to be powerless, weak and incompetent.

However, the only thing that makes the position or act of being powerless, weak or incompetent a “bad” thing is if someone takes advantage of that state. Someone, most likely, with force.

We are seeking to increase our military presence in Asia. To ensure that certain rising countries become a force for good.

Force to make sure force is used for good. Who’s good?

And I got to say, whoever has teamed up with Sarah Palin these days is brilliant. If she is does not get elected President in 2012 then it will most likely be someone from her camp.

I had an interesting conversation with someone the other day where we discuss how radical efforts etc are no longer effective.  That voting is done more to contain a disaster (whereas not voting gives it permission and free reign). But that there needs to be a push to almost develop an alternate society. One that can grow within the current one but then “grow-up” not to take over, but simply, to not need the other anymore at all.

Working on that idea.

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"There are few artists that can do what Cassandra Tribe does. Whether with her poetry, her videos or her blog, Cassandra examines the truths that most of us can never come close to realizing and shows it for what it is, both beautiful and frightening at the same time. She exposes our inner-most workings like the cross-section of a powerful but flawed machine, our gears and springs, nuts and bolts removed and laid out before us. She is a true artist. Her new video, Requiem for a God, is the latest example of Cassandra's willingness to tear open and examine the very things that make us human. Shooting the film entirely by herself, she also eliminates all the little excuses we come up with to keep us from ourselves and our truth. You see, even when she's not trying to be, Cassandra Tribe is a beacon of truth and humanity in this darkest of worlds." (Michael E. Quigg, The Culture Network, June 2009)
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