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Should corporal punishment be allowed? Show more Show less

Corporal punishment - state sanctioned physical punishment - has been banned in 58 countries worldwide. However, some argue these bans deter violent crime. Should corporal punishment be allowed? Can it be an effective disciplinary tool? Or is it linked to skyrocketing crime rates?

Yes, corporal punishment is good Show more Show less

When administered correctly, corporal punishment is a powerful deterrent against crime.
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Corporal punishment can be administered easily

Corporal punishments are quicker and cheaper than the alternatives.
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Long and drawn out punishments are not beneficial for the transgressor or the victim. Corporal punishment can be administered quickly, allowing all parties to put the incident behind them and work on reconciliation and self-improvement.

The Argument

In the context of a school, a drawn-out punishment process disrupts the student’s learning and wastes teachers’ time. In wider society, lengthy punishment processes are a drain on the public purse and a waste of communal resources. [1] Therefore, it is in everyone’s interest to adopt a punishment system that can quickly administer punishments. Corporal punishments do not require lengthy processes or jail sentences. They can be administered quickly and cheaply whenever digressions occur. [2]

Counter arguments

The long term costs of corporal punishment are substantial. It leads to increased mental illness, including anxiety disorders, depression, and substance abuse. These mental health disorders take their toll on health systems and require substantial government spending. Just because corporal punishment is quick and cheap to administer, doesn't mean the effects aren't long-lasting and costly.



[P1] Punishments that are administered more quickly and cheaply are better. [P2] Corporal punishment is cheaper and quicker than other forms of punishment. [P3] Therefore, corporal punishment should be allowed.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] The long-term costs of corporal punishment are high.


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