Does Punishment work?

Despite our nearly complete faith in it to correct a world of wrongs, punishment is inherently inconsistent and unfair, and simply doesn’t work. Everyone knows it: misbehaviours are not always punished, while correct behaviours are sometimes...

Punishment as Teaching

Punishment as Teaching   Training your children is a dangerous shortcut. It's normal to want to train your kids, it's seen as necessary in order to keep them safe. I wanted to be able to stop my kids with a word, for situations like when a...

It's not about gun control, it's about punishment.

Several points:  - penalties for using banned guns and magazines mean nothing to a lunatic who plans to kill himself anyway.  - there are enough guns of all sorts loose in America now for the carnage to continue for centuries if no-one ever...

Violence breeds violence

Violence breeds violence. It’s something, I think, that all peacemakers can agree on.   Psychology tells us that abuse and trauma are damaging to the psyche, and to a person’s development. In simple language, we often say that an abused...