Event: ‘Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules That Run the World’


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


TIME: Monday 22nd February 2016, 13:00 – 14.00

VENUE: Committee Room 9, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA

SPEAKER: Professor Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy & Law at King’s College London

To attend please RSVP to: rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org


Natural resources such as oil and minerals are the largest source of unaccountable power in the world. The Islamic State calls oil “the ‘black gold’ feeding the ‘black flag’”, and it earns them an estimated US$1.5 million per day. Russia’s federal budget, which it uses for weapons and oppression, is half paid for by oil and gas revenue. The rulers of most Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have become very rich, while their citizens have enjoyed none of the benefits. Fuelled by their natural resources, authoritarians and extremists present endless crises to the West. They are ultimately funded by ordinary consumers, paying at the gas station and the mall.

By kind invitation of Byron Davies MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Leif Wenar. He will describe why the West should stop buying oil from authoritarian and conflict-ridden countries, and how consumers can get out of business with autocrats, armed groups and extremists—by abolishing an archaic, anti-market law. His most recent book, “Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules That Run the World”, goes behind the headlines in search of the hidden global rule that puts shoppers into business with the men of blood.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Speaker Biography

Leif Wenar holds the Chair of Philosophy & Law at King’s College London. After earning his Bachelor’s degree from Stanford, he went to Harvard to study with John Rawls, and wrote his doctoral thesis on property rights with Robert Nozick and T.M. Scanlon.

Leif Wenar has written for the Wall Street Journal, Vox and Quartz. Prior to his current role, he worked in positions including Visiting Professor at the Princeton Department of Politics; Visiting Professor and a Fellow at the Princeton University Center for Human Values; Visiting Professor at the Stanford University Center on Ethics in Society; and Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University School of Philosophy.


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