A Prelude to the Foundation of Political Economy: Oil, War, by Cyrus Bina (auth.)

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The lack of validity of the above analysis is rather attributable to mistaking the reality based on its skin-deep impression. And in so doing, the cause of the oil crisis was reduced to the ad hoc purpose of individual actors by way of conspiracy (Bina 1985, Ch. 2). Wor l d O i l a n d t h e C r i s i s of G l ob a l i z a t ion 27 In sum, we have seen that all the above theories of the oil crisis are more or less subjective in nature and speculative to various degrees. These theories deal with the effects of the oil crisis, and either partly or entirely tend to regard these effects as causes.

In other words, the conditions of capital investment and the impact of productivity developed in the sphere of exploration do not seem to conform to the circumstances that led to the oil crisis of 1973–74; it would be reasonable to conclude then that the center of the oil crisis was actually within the aging and already producing oil fields. Fragmentation of Leases and the US Productivity Decline As shall be explicated in the next chapter on rent, there has been a significant distortion in the exploration of oil in the lower 48 states with respect to the size of the lease-hold due to “divided ownership of land in the United States” (Miller 1973: 415).

India also depends heavily on Middle East oil (pp. 189–190, emphasis in added). As is demonstrated throughout this book, and despite the frequent allusions to Marx’s in Hanieh (2011), such a deduction is a product, that is an exact copy, of an inapt rightwing theory with respect to oil (and global relations). Wor l d O i l a n d t h e C r i s i s of G l ob a l i z a t ion 25 Conspiracy View of the Oil Crisis The conspiracy view of the oil crisis was based on the idea that the US government, in collaboration with the international oil companies and OPEC, deliberately brought on the oil crisis of 1973–74.

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