|There is nothing more dangerous than the common axiom ‘the spirit of the laws is to be considered’. To adopt it is to give way to the torrent of opinions. This may seem a paradox to vulgar minds, which are more strongly affected by the smallest disorder before their eyes, than by the most pernicious though remote consequences produced by one false principle adopted by a nation.
– Cesare Bonesana Marchese di Beccaria (1738-1794)
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