Technology and Democracy (continued)

Post the Second World War, the US became dominant in the world economy and a shift from coal to oil was deliberately taken by the state to weaken the power of coal-centred industrialization and tie the Middle East into American and European control. Transport of oil by pipeline and tanker created a fluidity that tended to eliminate nodal points where workers could exercise power.


  • Umm… You can’t run a car on coal. It was the rise of the automobile after World War II is why oil became important. Coal will still widely used in electrical generation.

  • Good points…but I don’t think Mitchell would disagree. He carefully analyses a variety of factors

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