Leif Wenar

discusses

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

This event includes a book signing

Date

Feb
12
Friday
February 12, 2016
4:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics welcome political philosopher and Chair of Philosophy and Law at King's College London LEIF WENAR for a discussion of his book Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World. This is the inaugural event in a new speaker series co-presented with the Safra Center, featuring leading thinkers taking on tough problems that matter to us all.

About Blood Oil

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.

In this sweeping new book 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. Readers discover 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 shoppers 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. This book shows citizens, consumers and leaders how we can act together today to create a more united human future.

Praise

"This book is one of those rare manifestos that awaken people to a pressing ethical issue by changing the way they see the world. Whether or not its recommendations are practicable today, Blood Oil is a fantastically stimulating read: analytic, informative, rationally optimistic, and written with erudition and panache." —Steven Pinker, Harvard University, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and How the Mind Works

Leif Wenar
Leif Wenar

Leif Wenar

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 World Economy.

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Event Series: Ethics in Your World

The “Ethics in Your World” series, presented with Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, features leading thinkers taking on tough problems that matter to us all. Learn more about the Safra Center at ethics.harvard.edu.

Event Series: Friday Forum

Harvard Book Store's Friday Forum series takes place on Friday afternoons during the academic year as a way to highlight scholarly books in a wide range of fields, with a particular focus on local scholars. Friday Forums take place at 3pm in Harvard Book Store.

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Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics: http://ethics.harvard.edu/

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