Totalitarian regimes lend themselves to inefficient megaprojects.
All you have to do to get one of these off the ground in a society like this is to be able to sell the idea to one of the leaders with enough pull and they will bully any voice of reason into silence, like a pharaoh they wish their legacy one earth to be something grand to immortalise themselves.
In an open society these things tend to die in committee if they don;t work unless there is a pressing need ie total war or economic disaster.
"Lettow-Vorbeck "distrusted [Adolf] Hitler and his movement," even though Hitler offered him the ambassadorship to Great Britain in 1935, which he "declined with frigid hauteur." During the 1960s, Charles Miller asked the nephew of a Schutztruppe officer, "I understand that von Lettow told Hitler to go fuck himself." The nephew responded, "That's right, except that I don't think he put it that politely."
Firefighters in Tennessee let a man's home burn to ground because he owed a fire levy
FIREFIGHTERS in a far western Tennessee city let a mobile home burn to the ground because the owner didn't pay an annual $US75 ($77) fire protection fee, authorities say.
Jeff Vowell, city manager of South Fulton, told the Union City Daily Messenger newspaper that the city fire department let Gene Cranick's trailer home near the Kentucky border burn last week because he didn't pay the subscription common in many rural areas.
Cranick's doublewide home is outside city limits. But South Fulton offers fire protection to nearby residents for a fee and once the fire threatened to spread, the department did protect a neighbouring house that had paid.
Cranick's son, Timothy, was so angry he later went to the fire house and punched the chief, police said. The younger Cranick was charged with aggravated assault and is free on bond, according to authorities.
South Fulton Mayor David Crocker told the newspaper that if the city allowed people to pay after the fact there would be no incentive to subscribe. As an analogy, he said an insurer won't pay for an auto accident if insurance lapses.