Sunday, November 4, 2007

foucault citing

pardon the pun.

this is from a NYT op-ed on capital punishment, dateline Asheville, NC, by Mark Essig (the author of a book on Edison and the Electric Chair).

"It was only in the 1850s or so that Americans became squeamish about the pain suffered by executed prisoners. Before that, pain wasn’t a problem; it was the point. Through drawing and quartering, beheading, shooting or hanging, the state inscribed its power on the body of the convict and provided a lesson in the perils of disobedience."

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