People seem to have really hit on this GIS for the masses and wondering why there is no real ESRI solution below ArcView. We all know there isn’t, but ESRI has given developers the tools to create one. Frankly I’m am amazed that no one has taken ArcGIS Engine and created their own “ArcView Lite”. Using the runtime you can pretty much do what probably 90% of people usually do with an ArcView license (you know, the masses).
Heck .NET or Java (I say Java, but I don’t know much about how good Java support is for Engine) take your pick.