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17.6.02

And to continue my excessively prolific blogging upon subjects not pertaining to my personal life, a snippet from Thomas More's Utopia:

Raphael, a traveler who has been to Utopia, says this in a discussion of the English judicial system: "If you do not find a remedy to these evils [poverty and social disruption caused by enclosure of pastures] it is a vain thing to boast of your severity in punishing theft, which, though it may have the appearance of justice, yet in itself is neither just nor convenient; for if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this but that you first make thieves and then punish them?"

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