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In many Western languages, like German and Norwegian/Danish in the 19th century, capatalized all nouns. The shift key really got some exercize in those days!

In Norwegian / Danish, we abandoned that (and I suspect that Germans are considering abandoning it nowadays, but ask a German about that!). It didn't reduce readability a lot! Nor do we capitalize weekdays, or nationalities like english or norwegian, or holidays like easter and christmas. We capitalize names of individuals, organizations, nations and geographical locations, and the first word of a sentence, but not much more. I don't really see the benefit of that extra capitalizing I have to do when switching to English - "english" is just as readable as "English".

I might support capitalizing the start of sentences, to emphasize the structure of the text - a sentence is a structural element. Sure, the full stop ending the previous sentence also does that, and that is why I say that i "might". Logically, it is redundant, but the extra emphasis may have some value (similar to many programing languages where you both bracket and indent a subclause, loop body etc.). I see no similar structural argument for capitalizing weekdays and nationalities, or even individual names.

For names, you might argue that capitalizing is a sign of honor, similar to the difference between "you" and "You" in English. In Norwegian, "you" is "du", and "You" is "De" (always capitalized) - but noone uses "De" nowadays. I think we could abandon it completely, and limit capitalization of person names to cases where we really want to express honor and respect, like when you address the king, you use 3rd person.

Many non-Western languages have a single case, faring quite well.

I really see no reason for using upper case more than we do. You may construct examples where casing might reduce ambiguity, but there are a lot more and a lot graver ambguities from other language mechanisms. "You should use more upper case, simply because uppercase is there for you to use!" is not a good argument. Certainly not when e.g. Norwegian shows that far less use of it causes no problems.
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