This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... built by the unpaid “volunteer” labor of Russian workers, including women, is a public monument, and so is the Czarist-like luxury of the champagne-and-caviar receptions at the Soviet embas sies, which is needed — while the people stand in line for inadequate food rations — to “maintain the prestige of the Soviet Union.”

The great distinction of the United Sta
tes of America, up to the last few decades, was the modesty of its public monuments. Such monuments as did exist were genuine: they were not erected for “prestige,” but were functional struc...
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