Leif Wenar - "Blood Oil" - International House

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

"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, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and How the Mind Works

Global Voices Author Lecture with Leif Wenar, author of Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules That Run the World

At International House

About the book: 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.

About the author: 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 Stanford and a Fellow of the Carnegie Council Program in Justice and the World Economy.

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Event Location: 
International House
1414 E 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637