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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The underground economy is vast; it comprises perhaps 10 percent — or more — of America’s overall economy, and it’s on the rise.

Reefer Madness

That may be a reasonable limitation, given that what the US does today the rest of the world often follows tomorrow the very fact of this book’s publication in Britain is a testament to that reality. 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.

Exposing three American mainstays—pot, porn, and illegal immigrants—Schlosser shows how the black market has burgeoned over the past several decades. Judging by sales, Americans love pot and porn, but live in a country that has law about them that a This book proves how bloody hypocritical the American government is as if anyone doubted it already.

But what would it do for the poorest Mexicans? The heavy criminalization of marijuana is ridiculous; no one should be spending years in prison for possessing marijuana. The first essay is the most effective and Reefer Madness is not so much a collective novel as much as it is a collection of three essays with a unifying theme. It is supposed to investigate three illegal markets But Schlosser doesn’t succumb to gloom and doom depression and neither will most readers.


In this case, we’re directed to look at the impact and the implications of our huge underground economy. The book revolves around two figures: I was amused to read that the citizens of the Virginia colony were required by law to grow hemp and that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew marijuana plants as part of their farm.

Agony Column Review Archive. An Empire Of The Obscene: Schlosser made pot, migrant labor, and porn interesting, but he couldn’t do the same with tax evasion and laundering.

It is madness and there is ample proof here that the war on drugs does not work.

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In the Strawberry Fieldshe explores the exploitation of illegal aliens as cheap labor, arguing that there should be better living arrangements and humane treatment of the illegal aliens the U. Schlosser seems to suggest that an absence of government regulation is one probable cause.

Another argument is also that since it schlsoser only recently that marijuana has become a popular Anglo-saxon drug up until the sixties marijuana was predominantly a Mexican pleasure, and its narcotic purposes were only used in cure-all potions made by chemists, who in those days did not necessarily need a license to practice.

I read and enjoyed Fast Food Nation several years ago. It’s clear throughout that he isn’t making any of this stuff up. He paints marijuana growers as small time farmers who are trying to make ends meet, and who are caught in the war on drugs by outsiders who do not have the will to go after dealers of more sophisticated drugs and their lawyers. Must redeem within 90 days.

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wchlosser The Best Books of The marijuana section alone is worth reading. Even though I don’t do drugs and don’t know anyone who’s been affected by our asinine drug war, denying civil liberties and wasting billions of dollars of taxpayer money to defend someone else’s arbitrary moral code makes me very sad.

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Feb 27, furious rated it liked it Recommends it for: In Schlosser wrote an investigative piece on the fast food industry for Rolling Stone. Schlosser raises some interesting points that are well supported by fact. Today, of course, pornography has become a mainstream business whose profits go to tax-paying companies.

Eric Schlosser Reefer Madness Reviewed By Rick Kleffel

His use of stories has the big danger of lack of balance. I found the third section the least interesting, not because of its subject, but because of its length.

Although there is a bit of a disconnect from section to section which makes the book read almost like threeeach is explored in detail, from multiple angles. Though disparate topics, Eric Schlosser hits on many themes that echo within each piece and ties the book together as a erric.

In The Strawberry Fields: The idea of Americans happily taking jobs which pay a small fraction of minimum wage is silly. This is the case with marijuana; Schlosser covers our bizaare obsession with it, which far exceed the concern the facts would merit we have.

The writer states his reeefer beliefs and the end of each section but the facts are so compelling that the reader can figure it out on their o Fantastic history of marijuana and migrant farm workers. Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. Notwithstanding reefee age, the strongest section of the book is the one dealing with marijuana.

That his taxes were due on what was then a mostly illicit operation seems only incidental. Discover what to read next.