The question answers itself, does it? NO! IT HAS A HORRIBLE SECRET!

It came from a story called "Lord of the Uffts." They were pig-like Commie-style creatures who hated people. An Amazon review notes:

Much of the insanity hinges on a cockeyed economic and social system that has evolved on the planet as a result of the existence of matter duplicators. Link is quick to realize the potential for galaxy-wide disaster such an invention would have. There is something of a solution to the problem at the close of the novel... but, I would argue, only a partial one.

Hmm. An intriguing assertion, good chap; would you expand on that thought?

Hello? Are you there? Oh drat, he's wandered off into the ether again.