Its amazing what you can discover out there on the interweb. Was just looking at a blog that had a link to the design principles behind Smalltalk. This is some really powerful stuff, and I am completely speechless - how could we have lost our way so badly. According to the preamble, the paper was published in Byte magazine in 1981. So really great thinking about what a language should be was present 25-30 years ago! I know very little about Smalltalk, the principles described in the paper were (and in many respects still are) revolutionary.
What a shame we have ended up in a world with so many disappointing languages. Wish I could have been involved with Smalltalk.