On the day of remembrance of the most infamous state-sponsored execution in human history, there are more and more encouraging indications that our country is making progress in the age-old effort to bring about the demise of government-overseen violence.
Yesterday, the Connecticut state senate voted to abolish the death penalty  in the Constitution State. The House and Governor are expected to follow suit in the near future and thereby make it the fifth state in as many years to take such a step.
Meanwhile, here in North Carolina, where advocates continue to make painstaking progress in a similar effort, there was a good news on a related front this week.
According to this report in Raleigh’s News & Observer , the State Board of Education is looking to take additional action to ban the the use of the long-discredited and increasingly unpopular practice of child beating (aka “corporal punishment”) in the public schools. As this excellent column by veteran child advocate Tom Vitaglione  made clear on the main Policy Watch site recently, this is an obvious and long overdue step.
The bottom line: Maybe, despite all of our obvious shortcomings, humans are finally starting to learn/remember that one of the best ways to end violence toward human beings is to get government out of the business.