Reefer Madness by Eric Schlosser – In Reefer Madness, the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation investigates America’s black market and its far-reaching. REEFER MADNESS: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market. Eric Schlosser, Author. Houghton Mifflin $23 (p) ISBN In Reefer Madness the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation turns his exacting .. In Reefer Madness, investigative journalist Eric Schlosser exposes three of.

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I normally really like books written with views that strongly correlate to my views. This one shines light on three taboos in the American culture: Does the success of a black economy inevitably lead to its legitimisation or the failure of a legitimate economy necessitate its movement underground? A life sentence for no real reason is just a waste of millions of tax-payer dollars and is another sign of how America is in a state of decay compared to Europe.

Pornography is the worst, as it jumps around in time and subject from one porn guy to another, and basically just seemed like a jumbled biography of Reuben Sturman. The section on pot is particularly disturbing as well; among other things, it’s yet another reminder of what a disaster mandatory minimum sentencing laws have created in the penal system, and what terribly thought-out political window dressing these laws are.

Must redeem within 90 days. Though it lacks the powerful, life-changing punch of Fast Food Nation, this is nevertheless an excellent book that every adult American should read.

Eric Schlosser Reefer Madness Reviewed By Rick Kleffel

You should be skeptical that he is cherry picking examples, and should be hesitant to generalize what he says. Mind you, this section surprised me because I was expecting it to deal with Hugh Heffner or Larry Flynt, but they barely made a mention in this section. Madnes article erix a book on economics or finance is a stub. It is a compelling read, agree or disagree it should make you erric about it.


Topics Books The Observer. Jul 02, Emily rated it liked it Recommends it for: Basically there are lots of books that cover the topic of marijuana in the United States and the war on drugs. Every other human value gets in its way. If employers wish to trade off lower labor costs for a significantly less stable workforce, I have absolutely no problem with it.

He’s shining a light on the surface but pointing at the movements of money from small farms to big agribusiness and morals criminalizing the victim, that is the worker versus criminalizing the big business. The second essay, entitled “In the Strawberry Fields,” is about Msdness laborers in virtual peonage in California, the history of this phenomenon, its politics, its economic consequences, and the reality of today’s conditions in the field and across the border. Few would disagree with him there.

To ask other readers questions about Reefer Madnessplease sign up. These shadow economies bring in billions of dollars that remain off the books.

This is where the second case study comes into play: Set largely just minutes from where I happen to live, in Watsonville California, this essay examines the employment of illegal immigrants in California strawberry fields. The author Eric Schlosser, who also wrote Fast Food Nation, clearly has no love for big business and an unchecked profit motive.

Anslinger is one of those forgotten figures from history who exerts a heavy and sinister influence long after his death. Schlosser believes that a study of the black market can teach us about the market feefer general — and namely, impart the lesson that Adam Smith’s ‘invisible hand’ is not always one of providence.

While a story of Swiss banks and FBI forensic accounting can be interesting reerer a general topic of tax cheats in America would even somewhat fit the overall theme of the bookit wasn’t a description of the specific portion of the underground economy porn being discussed.

Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

It was an interesting book overall and I liked reading it, but I think it could have been better. Despite its lengthy exposition and its mere page length, the story of Reuben Sturman could easily be an HBO TV series on par with the best serial television ever produced.


But Sturman was eventually nabbed for tax evasion, making him an ironic figure akin to Al Capone. The essays have markedly different style and tone, making a comprehensive review challenging. I don’t watch porn, and know very little about the industry, so its history was completely unknown to me. In Reefer Madness, investigative journalist Eric Schlosser exposes three of America’s biggest black markets–pot, porn and illegal immigrants.

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He was the central force bringing pornography to the deefer, specializing in distribution, new product innovation, and operation of peep-show machines across the United States and Europe. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Schlosser uses three aspects of the underground economy as a lens; the cultivation of marijuana, the hiring of illegal migrant workers specifically California agricultureand the production and distribution of pornography.

Reefef a “war on porn” has been pushed by the Bush administration, a conflict Schlosser anticipates but had not yet had a chance to see emerge, he rightly treats it as a futile battle: Schlosser has an enviable way of braiding facts, meticulous research, reportage and anecdotes into a speedy, punchy read. Schlosser made pot, migrant labor, and porn interesting, but he couldn’t do the same with tax evasion and laundering.

It’s a sobering experience when it happens close to home. Ginsburg nominated by Reagan declined nomination to the US Supreme Court “after confessing that he smoked marijuana as a young man,” Schlosser recalls the McCarthy era’s “defining political question”–“Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party?

An overlooked piece of American history, filled with background details of how the underground business evolved and was legally attacked. Discover what to read next.