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  •  Yes, but the 'nice' methods (0+ / 0-)

    let those in the execution party feel better about themselves.

    Personally, if we're going to have the state doing violence against a person, I say let it show on their corpse.  Maybe it will show more people what a terrible thing it is, and turn them against it.  As I understand it, with lethal injection, you generally don't even get a twitching corpse to upset you.

    •  Sounds like you've been reading Foucault. (0+ / 0-)

      Or you should. That account of the death of Damiens (who was executed for attempting to kill one of the kings of France in the mid-18th century by being drawn and quartered, the last time France used that method) at the beginning of Discipline and Punish is memorably gory. So gory, in fact, that I heard Foucault took it out of later versions of the book because he was embarrassed by it.

      •  Heh. (0+ / 0-)

        No, I haven't read that one, but it looks like an interesting read; it's going on my 'read if I'm ever in the mood for it' list. ;)  

        An important point I'd like to make is that the execution should be as fast and painless as possible for the one being executed.  I am against torture in all circumstances, and the death penalty too, except in the most extreme of cases.  

        On the other hand ... as I said above, I don't believe in insulating the State and the State's agents from the effects of their exercise of its power, nor the public at large.  I would like to see the Governor of whatever state is executing people to be the one personally responsible for the execution -- that is, the man at the switch, at the trapdoor lever, or manning one of the rifles.  

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