Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World

Hardcover | December 14, 2015

byLeif Wenar

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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-fueledauthoritarians 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 oncelicensed 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 athome, 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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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-fueledauthoritarians and extremists present endless c...

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 Wo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190262923

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Table of Contents

IntroductionNeed to Know Basis: The Facts about Resources, the Oil Companies and the Oil Countries.Summary of the BookPart I: Then v. Them1. Addicted to Money2. Power - What Big Men Want3. Coercion, Corruption...4. ... Then Maybe BloodPart II: Them v. Us v. Us5. Might Makes Right6. Curses on Us: Petrocrats, Terrorists and Conflict7. How Might Makes Right8. Gripping Dirty HandsPart III: The People's Rights9. Counter-Power10. The Determination of Peoples11. Popular Resource Sovereignty12. The State of the Law13. Popular Philosophy14. Our Corruption: Why Leaders Must LiePart IV: Clean Trade Policy15. Principles for Action16. Clean Trade Policy I - Protecting Property Rights17. Clean Trade Policy II - Empowering the PeoplePart V: All United18. The Future TogetherEpilogue. The Ideal of UnityNotesReferencesIndex

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"'Telling the person in the seat next to you that you are interested in philosophy,' observes Leif Wenar, 'will often result in an uninterrupted flight.' This lively book gives strong evidence that interruption is sometimes a wise course of action. Writing in an engaging, conversational style,Wenar trenchantly and provocatively explores one of the great moral challenges of our time. Although the benefits from development and global connectedness-in which we are all inescapably complicit-have been huge, some of those benefits have flowed to people who have systematically made the lives ofothers desperate and miserable." --John Mueller, political scientist at Ohio State University and the Cato Institute, co-author of Chasing Ghosts and Terror, Security, and Money