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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Eric Schlosser Reefer Madness Reviewed By Rick Kleffel

It is instead a well-researched and highly informative trio of essays about those that exist in the underbelly of American culture. In Reefer Madnessthe award-winning investigative journalist Eric Schlosser turns his exacting eye to the underbelly of American capitalism and its far-reaching influence on our society. I think we will see wide scale legalization in the near future, which is what Schlosser asserts when he says that a group of powerful men will eventually madnese to the conclusion that they can most benefit from marijuana by erid it and taxing it.

The emergence of the prerecorded sex industry is interesting in many ways – the initial viability of VHS and, later, the Internet can be almost fully credited to the Republican-majority led skin flicks industry. He continues to extend the investigative View all 3 comments.

How can consuming something as harmless as a joint warrant a harsher sentence than what is often handed out to murderers or other violent crimina Reefer Madness is a collection of 3 extended essays about the underground market in America for marijuana, migrant workers, mdness pornography. Pornography is the worst, as it jumps around in time and subject from one porn guy to another, and basically rfefer seemed like a jumbled biography of Reuben Sturman.

It is one, in fact, that can lead to great abuses like exploitation of migrant labor. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

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

The underground economy is not marginal, and its size should concern us not because of potential tax revenues lost by corrupt porn kings like Reuben Sturman, but because they fundamentally alter the rules that everyone else plays by.

Another is that the zchlosser feels out of date.


The essays have markedly different style and tone, making a comprehensive review challenging. Basically there are lots of books that cover the topic of marijuana in eeic United States and the war on drugs. He became famous for Fast Food Nation, which schlosxer later turned into a film.

Schlosser uncovers the answers to all of the madness in I do not argue that migrant workers live a tough life, but they know the downsides of reeefer work and yet still choose to make the trek to perform it. There is a quote in the ending narration of the book that talked about what Freedom means, and it said that if you are going to be a nation with Freedom then you have to be willing to accept the good and the not necessarily so good that comes with it.

REEFER MADNESS: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

The inescapable reason why Mexicans are prepared to suffer life in California erif because, however schllosser the working conditions, they are better than those at home. 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. He confines his discussion to agricultural workers, leaving our all other categories of ill Well written, but overall rerfer done He follows with the story of Harry J.

While I’m not for example a supporter of pot smoking madnews paying immigrant farm workers extremely low wages, I don’t necessarily think that the way our government currently treats these situations is the best either.

In this case, we’re reeger to look at the impact and the implications of our huge underground economy. Dainty, white-haired southern women – ladies you could easily imagine singing hymns in a Baptist church – were smiling and chatting and packing brightly coloured dildos into boxes. Perhaps Schlosser’s strength in this section stems from his detachment to its outcome. This article about a sexuality -related book is a stub. The section on pot is particularly disturbing as well; among other things, it’s madjess 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.

It is obvious that he takes his material as seriously as any professional observer, and the reader reaps the reward of his work in the form of a much clearer understanding of the ways that American culture impacts the lives of real individuals. What they excel in providing us outside the bounds of the law tells us secrets about ourselves; that we have a ‘deep psychosis’ regarding marijuana, for instance, and that Puritanical rejection of sexuality is out of line with human mdness.


When he was funneling millions of dollars in cash to offshore accounts and threatening people with violence, he went over to the dark side.

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The Phil Harvey story was very interesting and was exactly what the Sturman story should have been – a description of one of the major industry figures whose story is told to flesh out the madneds topic but doesn’t take it over.

Reading about the strict laws against marijuana use are both frightening and mind-boggling.

Investigating America’s Vices 19 June Written the author of Fast Food Nationthis book contains three case studies that each dealing with an area of the black market: Although there is a bit of a schlosset from section to section which makes the book read almost like threeeach is explored schloaser detail, from multiple angles. It appears however that this book is about the black market and how the black market influences all of our lives. Add to Cart Add to Cart. It’s amazing that there are so many hundreds of life sentences based on non-violent marijuana offenders.

In Reefer Madness the best-selling author of Rric Food Nation turns his exacting eye on the underbelly of the American marketplace and its far-reaching influence on our society. In the end of the book, Schlosser does give his opinion on what should be done RE: In a way we are all exposed to the black market, whether we smoke pot, or rent dodgy videos from those dodgy video stores that have no windows. He got away with it for many years, but was finally taken down late in life.