You might have heard of this book. If you happen to read it looking for the origins of totalitarianism, you will be disappointed. But there is a sentence that ranks among the most hilarious I've ever read. Regarding South Africa, where the discovery of immense deposits of gold and diamonds led to wars and apartheid,
"The financiers certainly did not exploit anybody and they had least control over the course of their business ventures, whether these turned out to be common swindles or sound enterprises belatedly confirmed."
Of course, financiers never exploit people, they get their fortunes digging ditches. I won't forget that sentence.