September 10, 2013 by

Discipline and Punishment

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Let me start this blog off today just by saying that I had a hard time reading just the first few lines of Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish. If you compare the punishment of when America was just begining compared to where we are now we have come a long way. The criminals of today have nothing to complain about when it comes to there punishment. Getting life in prison is a cake walk compared to the alternative of getting your skin litterally ripped off of you as you watch or having horses rip your limbs off. Today we still have lethal injection in some states and what they are doing is 10,000 times more humane then what we would have had to go through during Purtain times. Now what iI find really scary is the fact that Levi Ames was a common day theif and he got hung for that while today we see people steal millions of dollars from hundreds of people and get a slap on the wrist (Where is the justice in that). Now I personally am not for a slap on the wrist but hanging someone who is no older than I am for the simple act of stealing seems wrong. I for one am glad that I live in a world where there is scientific evidence to prove if someone is innocent or guilty and we dont have to rely on the word of someone who is untrustworthy. Levi Ames on the other hand was not so lucky and in todays world would have been found guilty of a lesser charge and would have not hung for his theft.

All in all what I learned from these readings where that I am sooooo glad that I livce in today’s time period and that the Purtians had some major issues on how to dispense some far Discipline and Punishment

If the Puritans had a motto it would be pretty close to this one

guilty-until-proven-innocent-final

2 Responses to Discipline and Punishment

  1. Jim Groom

    I tend to think Foucualt is trying to move us out of the ideas of better or worse in terms of punishment ove time, but what do differnet punishments say about different historical moments. Are we actually more humane? If so, how?

  2. Paul

    I think the Puritan mindset was more about sin than crime, with the belief that everyone is a sinner, everyone is guilty of something. Foucault said something about degrees of guilt, which may have stemmed from religious ideas.
    Giving the death openalty for theft does sound harsh. But what might it say about the concerns and fears of the times?

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