The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude by Andrew Nikiforuk

By Andrew Nikiforuk

By means of the winner of the Rachel Carson atmosphere ebook Award

Ancient civilizations trusted shackled human muscle. It took the power of slaves to plant vegetation, dress emperors, and construct towns. Nineteenth-century slaveholders considered critics as hostilely as oil businesses and governments now regard environmentalists. but the abolition stream had an invisible best friend: coal and oil. because the world's such a lot flexible staff, fossil fuels replenished slavery's ranks with combustion engines and different labor-saving instruments. when you consider that then, reasonable oil has remodeled politics, economics, technological know-how, agriculture, or even our suggestion of happiness. Many North americans this 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 e-book, is a thorough emancipation stream that ends our master-and-slave method of strength. We needs to discover ways to use power on an ethical, simply, and actually human scale.

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The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude

By way of the winner of the Rachel Carson atmosphere e-book Award

Ancient civilizations trusted shackled human muscle. It took the strength of slaves to plant plants, dress emperors, and construct towns. Nineteenth-century slaveholders considered critics as hostilely as oil businesses and governments now regard environmentalists. but the abolition stream had an invisible best friend: coal and oil. because the world's so much flexible staff, fossil fuels replenished slavery's ranks with combustion engines and different labor-saving instruments. seeing that then, reasonable oil has reworked politics, economics, technological know-how, agriculture, or even our notion of happiness. Many North american citizens at the present time stay as extravagantly as Caribbean plantation proprietors. We suppose entitled to surplus power and rationalize inequality, even barbarity, to get it. yet unending progress is an illusion.

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H. Durham describes these processes in detail. In his view of the evolution of human society, two information systems – genetic and cultural – characterize and differentiate societies. The genetic characteristics of human society are determined through Darwinian selection and adaptation to the environment; 22 Zohar (1993) op. cit. 10 The Pendulum of Paradigms the cultural characteristics are derived from traditions passed from generation to generation through behavioral and verbal codes. 23 The present authors also believe that the survival of human societies in problematic regions and during periods of stress requires special emphasis on the faculty of creativity and invention, which in itself probably derives from coevolutionary processes.

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