Should Users be Permitted to Disable JavaScript?

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I last raised this question back in 2013 when Mozilla decided to remove the “disable JavaScript” setting from the options dialog in Firefox 23. The primary reasoning: Much of the modern web can break spectacularly without JavaScript. It saves users from themselves. Few people know what JavaScript is and even fewer need to disable it. Those that do can find hidden options elsewhere should they really need it. Disabling JavaScript remains an option for those in the know. This popular article has been updated to address the seismic shift in the JavaScript landscape since it was originally published in 2013.…
Should Users be Permitted to Disable JavaScript?