Monday, June 19, 2017

[msekkqtq] Oil wealth social upheaval

To what extent can all the turmoil in the Middle East be attributed to one simple cause, the automobile?

Cars require gasoline; gasoline comes from oil; the Middle East has oil.  Exporting oil resulted in vast wealth, and wealth caused changes in social and power structures.  Hypothesize that these changes caused turmoil through a variety of mechanisms, yet to be enumerated.

Unlike in the United States in which oil caused an outsider of the political establishment, Rockefeller, to gain wealth and power, it seems at first glance that in the Middle East those who already had power benefitted the most from the oil export income.  Nevertheless, we hypothesize that this still induced turmoil.

Trouble always follows money.  Enumerate how.

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