Just and Painful: A Case for the Corporal Punishment of Criminals:
Something too reasonable ever to be instituted.
In my Alternative Republic, without fear of the superstitious shibboleths that create the bizarre contradictions of our penal code, there'd be room for more imaginative forms of justice. Which could actually be more just than our default move of long-term warehousing.
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A lot of attitudes toward things like capital punishment are about aesthetics, really. Would I rather be beheaded by a Saudi swordsman or fried in the chair in America? One is bloody, but very swift while the other is gruesome but no skin is visibly broken. One is public, the other private. From the point of view of the criminal, I'd take the sword. So much moral posturing is partly about messiness and public-ness.
PS. Reminds me of when my car was stolen by a group of young bruthas from Richmond and trashed. I had fantasies of them tied to large trees, with enthusiastic flogging.