This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...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 tures that had housed events of great historical importance. If you have seen the austere simplicity of Independence Hall, you have seen the difference between authentic grandeur and the pyramid...
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