“Every society rests on a barbarian base.  The people who don’t understand civilization, and wouldn’t like it if they did.  The hitchhikers.  The people who create nothing, and who don’t appreciate what others have created for them, and who think civilization is something that just exists and that all they need to do isenjoy what they can understand of it-luxuries, a high living standard, and easy work for high pay. Responsibilities? phooey!  What do they have a government for?….And now the hitchhikers think they know more about the car than the people who designed it, so they’re going to grab the controls.”

–From “Space Viking” by H. Beam Piper

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