This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...y the same means and at the same price — a price not justified by the fact that primitive peoples undoubtedly believed, while dying of starvation and exhaustion, that the “prestige” of the 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,...
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