Well, it seems the PBS News Hour finally got around to reviewing Peter Moskos’ book, “In Defense of Flogging.”
In Defense of Flogging: Controversial Conversation on Prisons and Punishment
Here’s Peter’s own blog post about it:
Maybe it’s not such a crazy idea…
How ironic is it that they finally did so after I began calling them “Pwned By Sadists?” (“Pwned” being Internet slang for “owned.”) Well, I don’t like to call associations causations; and Jesus tells us not to exalt ourselves, so let’s just call it a coincidence. However, I will point out this interview seems to be web-only, and not featured on their broadcast TV show. Boo. Not nearly the amount of respect this topic and book deserves, especially by an economist who must surely know that although prisons may seem like a “growth” industry, they are a growth industry like a cancer, they grow by devouring the host and ultimately causing more harm than good.
But although no one called me up to tell me they thought they’d found a way to say abolitionists are hypocrites, in my daydreams I can imagine the Sadists who dictate to the Inside the Beltway Hour what to report, thinking they are so clever, “hey, that Thinking CAP guy says we’re sadists! We’ll show him! Call that LEAP guy who is in favor of flogging people! Show the world that the leeegaliiiiizers are really more cruel than our beautiful and wonderful and oh so business friendly slave-filled prison system!”
Ok, Peter is not really an advocate of flogging, as you can hear him say in the interview. But it made the headline much more attention getting. Incidentally I must confess I’ve not read his book yet, sorry Peter.