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.