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.”
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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...