It’s in our food, our cosmetics, our fuel and our bodies. Palm oil, found in half of supermarket products, has shaped our world. Max Haiven uncovers how the gears of capitalism are literally and metaphorically lubricated by this ubiquitous elixir.
From its origins in West Africa to today’s Southeast Asian palm oil superpowers, Haiven’s sweeping, experimental narrative takes us on a global journey that includes looted treasures, the American system of mass incarceration, the history of modern art and the industrialisation of war. Beyond simply calling for more consumer boycotts, he argues for recognising in palm oil humanity’s profound potential to shape our world beyond racial capitalism and neo-colonial dispossession.
One part history, one part dream, one part theory, one part montage, this kaleidoscopic and urgent book asks us to recognise the past in the present and to seize the power to make a better world.
Free and open to the public.
A double book launch event for:
Half Earth Socialism: A Plan to Save the Future from Extinction, Climate Change and Pandemics
by Drew Pendergrass and Troy Vettese
Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire
by Max Haiven
Moderated by Cassie Thornton
The event takes place in the hall of the Moos community at 7-9 Moosdorfstr. There will be snacks and drinks for sale.
Supported by Pluto Press and Verso Books.
In cooperation with Berliner Gazette’s “After Extractivism” project.
With beer sales from FemAle.
Access and hygiene