Blood Oil

Blood Oil : Tyranny, Resources, and the Rules that Run the World

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Natural resources like oil and minerals are the largest source of unaccountable power in the world. Petrocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend resource money on weapons and oppression; militants in Iraq and in the Congo spend resource money on radicalization and ammunition. Resource-fueled authoritarians and extremists present endless crises to the West - and the source of their resource power is ultimately ordinary consumers, doing their everyday shopping at the gas station and the mall. In this sweeping new book, one of today's leading political philosophers, Leif Wenar, goes behind the headlines in search of the hidden global rule that thwarts democracy and development - and that puts shoppers into business with some of today's most dangerous men. Wenar discovers a rule that once licensed the slave trade and apartheid and genocide, a rule whose abolition has marked some of humanity's greatest triumphs-yet a rule that still enflames tyranny and war and terrorism through today's multi-trillion dollar resource trade.
Blood Oil shows how the West can now lead a peaceful revolution by ending its dependence on authoritarian oil, and by getting consumers out of business with the men of blood. The book describes practical strategies for upgrading world trade: for choosing new rules that will make us more secure at home, more trusted abroad, and better able to solve pressing global problems like climate change. Blood Oil shows citizens, consumers and leaders how we can act together today to create a more united human future.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 165.1 x 231.14 x 45.72mm | 860g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0190262923
  • 9780190262921
  • 328,354

Table of contents

Introduction ; Need to Know Basis: The Facts about Resources, the Oil Companies and the Oil Countries ; Summary of the Book ; Part I ; Them v. Them ; Chapter 1. Addicted to Money ; Chapter 2. Power-What Big Men Want ; Chapter 3. Coercion, Corruption ; Chapter 4. Then Maybe Blood ; Part II ; Them v. Us v. Us. ; Chapter 5. Might Makes Right ; Chapter 6. Curses on Us: Petrocrats, Terrorists and Conflict ; Chapter 7. How Might Makes Right ; Chapter 8. Gripping Dirty Hands ; Part III ; The People's Rights ; Chapter 9. Counter-Power ; Chapter 10. The Determination of Peoples ; Chapter 11. Popular Resource Sovereignty ; Chapter 12. The State of the Law ; Chapter 13. Popular Philosophy ; Chapter 14. Our Corruption: Why Leaders Must Lie ; Part IV ; Clean Trade Policy ; Chapter 15. Principles for Action ; Chapter 16. Clean Trade Policy I - Protecting Property Rights ; Chapter 17. Clean Trade Policy II - Empowering the People ; Part V ; All United ; Chapter 18. The Future Together ; Epilogue. The Ideal of Unity ; Notes ; References ; Index
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Wenars argument is morally very compelling [an] outstanding book. Nazrin Mehdiyeva, LSE Review of Books
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readable, intelligent and thought-provoking. Patrick Heren, Standpoint Rooted in both morality and comon sense ... Wenar's argument is convincing and empowering Interlib He reveals a horrible truth: that global free trade is, at times bound up in blood Economist Wenar's moral case is compelling Tom Burgis, Financial Times in Blood Oil, he [Leif Wendar] brings a wonderfully light touch to his subject and steers clear of hard philosophy ... The greatest strength of Blood Oil is Wenar's writing. Laced with memorable anecdotes, skilful analogies and clear metaphors, the book is a masterclass in how to break down complex issues for the lay auddience withouth losing scholarly integrity John Ghazvinian, New Statesman
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About Leif Wenar

Leif Wenar holds the Chair of Philosophy and Law at King's College London. He earned his degrees in Philosophy from Stanford and from Harvard, where he worked with John Rawls and with Robert Nozick. He has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton and at Stanford, and has been a Fellow of the Carnegie Council Program in Justice and the World Economy.
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