Today's economic history quote
From Brad deLong, in material he deleted from the ms. of Slouching Toward Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century, because it doesn't "...fit the book as a whole...":
A parasitic caste or class existing by virtue of their organized ability to take a substantial share of the agricultural (or craftwork) producers' crops became the rule soon after the coming of agriculture. Such classes and castes live better albeir more dangerously than the peasants. (If they didn't live better, after all, why accept the added danger?)
Sounds almost like an anarchist's take on government to me...