From 1958, China declared war on sparrows, destroying their crops, contributing to the deaths of more than 10 million people.
In the 19th century, the Shuar people of Ecuador were driven by economic need to wage bloody wars to procure shrunken heads for the Western curio market, which nearly destroyed their society.
There have been 55 prime ministers of Great Britain, of whom 48 have been privately educated, creating a society built for and by the privileged.
These are just some of these stories in this remarkable book, that illustrate the key components through which society creates and sustains oppressive systems.
Some are historical. Others have played out right before our eyes over the last decade. All are rooted in systems in which we all take part.
Together they expose the layers of systematic, often insidious oppression which make up the world today, and reflect the choices of people just like us to participate in them.