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"Bureaucracies hide their mistakes, because people's careers are tied to those mistakes. Therefore, bureaucracies are a perfect mechanism for perpetuating mistakes."
- Frank Herbert

Scout-Base  
   

"Where is your base-world?"

"At the moment I don't know."

"How can you return to it if you don't know where it is?

"When within its radio sweep I pick up its beacon... It isn't tied to a primary. It wanders around... It's a scout-base. A tiny, compact world equipped with all the necessary contraptions. An artificial sphere that functions as a frontier outpost."

From Diabologic, by Eric Frank Russell.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1955
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