Thanks to @gtiso’s Best Blog Posts of 2010 I have been introduced to Owen Hatherley on Architecture:
Jonathan Meades has an interesting architectural theory of dictatorial longevity – that the more a régime embraces kitsch, the more it will be entrenched in power. The Nazis, with their middlebrow neoclassicism, their Kingsnorthian mountain retreats, didn’t get long – Stalin, meanwhile, died of old age, his régime gilded by gold leaf and freakish hypervictorian ornamentation.[From sit down man, you’re a bloody tragedy: Red Gates]
I think you should check it out, too.