Seductive Punishment and Relinquished Rights

William Brown, Western Oregon University

The "Truth Police" and "Iron Heel" operatives have been resurrected in the aftermath of terrorist attacks on America. Stars and Stripes flow in the wind high above automobile dealerships and can be seen flying 70 MPH on the interstate highways. Two soldiers at Ft. Bragg North Carolina, are shot by a deputh sheriff. National Guard troops occupy Americas' airports. Many citizens are selected for "special treatment" en route to their assigned airline gates. The president encourages single moms to remarry, or to get married. The 4th Amendment is dismantled. Ones right to privacy is quickly passing away. This paper explores the seductive nature of 21th Century punishment and peculiar manner in which citizens seem to be seeking more punishment.

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Updated 05/20/2006