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

Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World
315 Bloor Street West, B115, The Observatory Building
Time: Jan 28th, 7:00 pm End: Jan 28th, 8:30 am
Interest Categories: Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Law, Faculty of
Book Launch: Leif Wenar, King's College London

The Centre for Ethics and Munk School of Global Affairs present

Book Launch: Blood Oil by Leif Wenar

Natural resources are the biggest source of unchecked power in the world. 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.

In his sweeping new ‘big picture' book, BLOOD OIL: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World, one of today's leading political philosophers Leif Wenar explores how the ‘resource curse' impedes democracy and development-and searches for the hidden global rule that puts shoppers into business with today's most dangerous men. He discovers the same rule that historically licensed the slave trade and genocide and apartheid-a rule whose abolition has marked some of humanity's greatest triumphs, yet that still breeds tyranny and war and extremism through today's global resource trade.

BLOOD OIL shows how the West can lead the world's next great moral revolution by ending its dependence on authoritarian oil, and by getting consumers out of business with the men of blood. The book sets out a grand strategy for upgrading the global system-for realizing new rules that will make us more secure at home, more trusted abroad, and better able to solve urgent global problems like climate change.

Inspiring, BLOOD OIL shows leaders, citizens and consumers how to act today to dissolve tomorrow's crises-and how we can together create a more united human future.

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

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required - Please register online at: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/19703

For futher information please contact Samantha Smith at Munk School of Global Affairs or (416) 946-8900.

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