March 27, 2009 5:11 PM Subscribe
The comments below the newspaper article (click "View More") appear to agree overwhelmingly that banning corporal punishment has caused British society to become significantly worse. Much to my surprise, one in five British teachers wants caning to be restored!
Most everyone seems to agree that the death penalty — the ultimate in corporal punishment —is very ineffective as a deterrent, and there seems to be some agreement that imprisonment does little to dissuade people from committing crimes; unfortunately, there does not appear to be much research regarding the effect caning has on recidivism rates.
Having watched the video, I'm fairly confident that were I to be caned, I'd be very much dissuaded from ever repeating the behaviour that led to the caning. The bruising, the flaying of skin, and the impact of cane against exposed nerve endings must be unimaginably painful. As a negative punishment, it is, IMO, bound to be very effective in preventing the repetition of some crimes.
This post was deleted for the following reason: Man, I picked the wrong night to curl up on the couch. This seems a bit over the top, especially with the "this is what I think about this video & caning" framing. -- cortex
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