I don’t deny that it can be but I think context is the key. No one should spank their kids without first telling them why and what for. They should also make it clear it’s because they love them before and after. Kids aren’t dumb they will understand it as everyone learns from lessons in life. I do agree that you should never cross the line from proper correction and nothing more that would be abusive. Love should be the center in anything discipline. More times than not, just the sound does the trick not the actual force applied but every child is different.
I might go into it a bit more and research the mental weaknesses in society based on the time frame when spanking became an issue.
Again, I’m not saying spanking is the best remedy for every situation because it’s not. There’s definitely some context too it.