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.
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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...