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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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

ISBN13: 9780190262921
Published: January 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £22.99

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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.

Energy and Natural Resources Law
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