"Leif Wenar has written the indispensable guide [to] what we ought to do to make the world a better place."
- Angus Deaton, Nobel Laureate in Economics 2015
"Philosophers rarely write big books that could change the world, but
is such a book."
- Peter Singer, author of
Natural resources empower the world's most coercive men. Autocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend oil money on weapons and repression. ISIS and Congo's militias spend resource money on atrocities and ammunition. For decades resource-fueled authoritarians and extremists have forced endless crises on the West - and the ultimate source of their resource money is us, paying at the gas station and the mall.
BLOOD OIL goes behind the headlines in search of the hidden global rule that puts shoppers into business with the men of blood. Readers discover an ancient rule that once licensed the slave trade, apartheid and genocide. The abolition of this rule marked some of humanity's greatest triumphs - yet the rule zombies on in today's multi-trillion dollar resource trade, enriching tyrants, warlords and terrorists worldwide.
By our own deepest principles, over half of the world's traded oil is stolen. BLOOD OIL shows how the West can lead a peaceful global revolution by finally ending its dependence on authoritarian oil, conflict minerals and other stolen resources. Upgrading world trade will make us more secure at home, more trusted abroad, and better able to solve urgent problems like climate change.
BLOOD OIL shows how citizens, consumers and leaders can act today to dissolve tomorrow's crises - and how we can together create a more united human future.