This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...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
s of “public-spirited” prestige-seekers.
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In America, human effort and material resources were not expropriated for public monuments and public projects, but were spent on the p...