It's funny how the earlier generations always complain about the younger ones having no respect for authority. Kids go through phases. Some misbehave. It doesn't make it okay to stick soap or Tobasco in their mouths. I'm sure all the qualified professionals who are against physical punishment and the studies done showing the negative effects are all codswollop. Because people have their own anecdotes that prove it's harmless, because THEY weren't effected by it.
And what about the people that WERE effected by it? Why aren't you mentioning them? The older generations are FAR from perfect. I know people who were hit as kids. All they learnt was how to hide their bad behavior better. They never learnt WHY they shouldn't do certain things. Fear through physical punishment is not the answer to disciplining kids. That's how you push them away.