I strongly disagree. I think we live in some of the most violent times we have ever lived in, and many parents in the last 20 or so years have refrained from the use of corporal punishment. Have you seen the state of our schools? Have you watched kids walk in the middle of the street and not move out of the way when you try to drive on? Have you heard the language these kids use toward their parents? Have you seen the crime rates of children?
All of this is because we've thrown consequences and punishment out the window in favor of touchy-feely, don't want to hurt anyone's feelings garbage. The world has become a cesspool, and our nation's kids have become spoiled, unruly brats who get whatever they want, whenever they want.
Parents aren't parents anymore. They are hostages to their kids demands and wants—and rights.