This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...ir tribe, their rulers or their gods was of value to them somehow.

Rome fell, bankrupted by statist controls and taxation, while its emperors were building coliseums. Louis XIV of
France taxed his people into a state of indigence, while he built the palace of Versailles, for his contemporary monarchs to envy and for modem tourists to visit. The marble-lined Moscow subway, 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...
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