Cesare Beccaria on Design

I subscribe to the The Philospher’s Magazine’s quote-a-day mailing list. Today, I found the following quote from Cesare Beccaria in my inbox:

False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils, except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm those only who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.

Somehow, when I read it, I immediately thought of Java.

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