In Defense of Flogging

September 25, 2016

Philosopher Jason Brennan spells out a provocative idea: let's bring back flogging as an alternative to imprisonment.



Anne Strainchamps introduces this by saying, "Here's an idea you won't hear anywhere else." Yes, it has been suggested in a 2011 book by sociologist Peter Moskos with the same title as this segment: In Defense of Flogging. He summarizes his idea in various other places, such as in a 2011 essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Moskos suggests this more as an argument against the current use of incarceration in the US. He also points out that the convicted would probably have to waive their 8th Amendment protection.