Living on oil under democracy: From Texas to Patagonia and home

Owen Logan

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Variant magazine, 'The Oil Issue', Sring 2007, Living on oil under democracy: from Texas to Patagonia and home. In our minds, at least, oil is often linked to power more than energy. However, Owen Logan writes that it's not so much that oil and democracy don't mix, but more that the oil economy shows the dubious nature of modern democracy. Drawing on interviews done for the 'Oil Lives' oral history project based at the University of Aberdeen, his journey from Texas to Venezuela and Argentina is a travelogue from the Bush dynasty's heartland to the politics of Latin American anti-imperialism. He examines the 'solidarity economy', speaks to trade union leaders dissatisfied with conventional trade unionism and meets oil workers whose Piquetero campaigning was defined early on by their stand on environmental protection. He considers the broader implications of these developments.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationVariant Magazine
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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