The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude

The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude


By the winner of the Rachel Carson setting publication Award

Ancient civilizations trusted shackled human muscle. It took the power of slaves to plant plants, dress emperors, and construct towns. Nineteenth-century slaveholders seen critics as hostilely as oil businesses and governments now regard environmentalists. but the abolition circulation had an invisible best friend: coal and oil. because the world's so much flexible employees, fossil fuels replenished slavery's ranks with combustion engines and different labor-saving instruments. due to the fact then, affordable oil has reworked politics, economics, technology, agriculture, or even our inspiration of happiness. Many North americans this present day dwell as extravagantly as Caribbean plantation proprietors. We consider entitled to surplus power and rationalize inequality, even barbarity, to get it. yet never-ending development is an illusion.

What we'd like, Andrew Nikiforuk argues during this provocative new ebook, is an intensive emancipation move that ends our master-and-slave method of power. We needs to discover ways to use power on an ethical, simply, and really human scale.

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