The Allure of Oil


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The Allure of Oil

America has a massive economy to keep running at full power. But how far do we go to keep make our economy flourish? This picture is an example of a major moral dilemma. Saudi Arabia has the second largest oil reserves in the world behind Venezuela. Only problem is, how do we get to that oil? Well, we have to be friends with Saudi Arabia. Good friends. Why is this a moral dilemma? Saudi Arabia is the exact opposite of the U.S. in a lot of ways. Sociologically, Saudi Arabia has extreme status inequalities as well as power inequalities (far more than in the U.S.). Religion defines what is deviant or not in their society. They are an absolute monarchy (the king is the guy in the picture), women’s rights are severely limited (they can’t drive cars), and homosexuals can be severely punished for their sexuality. Does that sounds like a country that should be our ally? Now that’s a dilemma.

Submitted by Joseph DiTrapani

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