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Smacking, spanking and caning never did any harm in the past. However it did act as a deterrent to apprenticeships to crime. Crime is now a multi billion dollar industry. Judges and lawyers - those who put the laws through government and who interpret those same laws in the courts to their own convenience - are amongst the western world's richest men. Others making a very good living out of crime are child psychologists, human right advocates and all so-called dogooders. Think about this: I often drive past a house where a young man used a hand axe to murder a woman and her 3 young children. He was sentenced to prison and never to be released. He has done about twenty years and has applied for parole and another judge has overturned his 'never to be released' sentence.