Comments: Mind Opening Blog + Humane Punishment

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Her point of view doesn't seem so alien to me: It's a parenting argument applied to adult misbehavior. In parenting terms the discussion revolves around spanking vs. (allegedly more humane) time outs. The argument in favor of spanking is that it's over quickly and that time outs (depending on how they are administered) cause more psychological harm. The underlying assumption of her argument is that the purpose of criminal punishment is to deter the criminal from future misbehavior.

Of course, the US makes entirely too much use of its prison system. One would assume that, since imprisoning someone rarely ensures that they never commit a crime again, the goal of imprisonment is to get criminals off the streets.

Her point of view doesn't seem so alien to me: It's a parenting argument applied to adult misbehavior. In parenting terms the discussion revolves around spanking vs. (allegedly more humane) time outs. The argument in favor of spanking is that it's over quickly and that time outs (depending on how they are administered) cause more psychological harm. The underlying assumption of her argument is that the purpose of criminal punishment is to deter the criminal from future misbehavior.

Of course, the US makes entirely too much use of its prison system. One would assume that, since imprisoning someone rarely ensures that they never commit a crime again, the goal of imprisonment is to get criminals off the streets.

I recommend Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault.

From Amazon:
"In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul."

That's really interesting Kathryn, guess I'm just not in any position to be thinking like a parent.

As for Discipline and Punishment I really do need to get around to reading it, think I left an unread copy at my parent's house. Thanks for the recommendation Sevenblock.

I too think that corporal punishment is the more humane option, particularly with boys. The liberal position is a form of self-indulgence: I hate the idea of flogging or spanking, therefore I will ban it so that I feel good, and to hell with the consequences.

I too think that corporal punishment is the more humane option, particularly with boys. The liberal position is a form of self-indulgence: I hate the idea of flogging or spanking, therefore I will ban it so that I feel good, and to hell with the consequences.

I too think that corporal punishment is often the more humane option, particularly with boys. The liberal position is a form of self-indulgence: I hate the idea of flogging or spanking, therefore I will ban it so that I feel good, and to hell with the consequences.

I too think that corporal punishment is often a more humane option, particularly when dealing with young offenders.

The liberal position is a form of self-indulgence: I hate the idea of spanking or whipping, therefore I will ban it so that I feel good and to hell with the consequences.

when did you hear that?