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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In the end, the reader will never look at a doobie, strawberry or porn flick the same way. I had already read the first one, found it on the internet, and liked it. Mar 02, Lee rated it liked it.
In this case, we’re directed to look at the impact and the implications of our huge underground economy. An Empire Of The Obscene: Rather than using Sturman as a jumping off point to describe the porn industry, Schlosser gives us a “true crime” style story. Eric Schlosser charts this growth, and finds its roots in the nexus of ingenuity, greed, idealism, and hypocrisy that is American culture. Exposing three American mainstays—pot, porn, and illegal immigrants—Schlosser shows how the black market has burgeoned over the past several decades.
Though it lacks the powerful, life-changing punch of Fast Food Nation, this is nevertheless an excellent book that every adult American should read.
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.
He continues to extend the investigative As Schlosser examines the underground economy he divines our own future, and like the underground, it’s not pretty and it’s not happy.
Indeed such is the stated importance of these books that buying them rather than reading them appears less an act of intellectual curiosity than one of social responsibility. The first book was a classic of the form because its subject – the hegemony of the hamburger – was both the symbol and the cause of all contemporary American and therefore planetary ills.
Still, the essay is too short and isn’t an eye-opener. Schlosser believes that a schllosser of the black market can teach us about the market sculosser general — and namely, impart the lesson that Adam Smith’s ‘invisible hand’ is not always one of providence. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.
Defendants who hope to avoid a lengthy Each of the three main sections of the book has a number of remarkable stories. Particularly mind-boggling are the contracts created by Kirk Produce Incorporated. The point being there is never an absence of food for thought.
REEFER MADNESS: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
An overlooked piece of American history, filled with background details of how the underground business evolved and was legally attacked. Although this is the longest essay in the book longer than the other two combinedI found it the least interesting. As world events force Americans to choose values worth fighting for, Schlosser reminds readers, “the price of freedom is often what freedom brings.
Although this book may not schloeser as high as Fast Food Nation did with readers, a city author tour and ads in the New York Times and Mother Jones will help sales.
The third essay focuses on the story schlsser Reuben Sturman, a fascinating character.
Does reefer madness talk about Vietnam or Watergate? Another book on CD I listened to on the way to work – it was really fascinating I never really knew the real story behind the war on drugs and the mandatory sentencing for non-violent drug offenders.
Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
They’re all factors in an underground economy, a vast web of cash-heavy transactions barred or limited by laws and social mores, but which generate substantial wealth for those willing to risk criminality.
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.
While trying to convince readers that the pornographer he’s focusing on was treated unjustly, he criticizes the government for treating the man like ‘organized crime’. The book revolves around two figures: There are many more. While the section on the porn industry applies to the black market as well, much of this has more to do with the freedom of speech amendment than it has to do with the black market even though while the industry was fighting the obscenity laws the profits coming from the porn industry were effectively a part of the black market.
View Full Version of PW. As one can expect from Schlosser, it is a thoroughly researched and tries to look at these industries in an objective manner, erc does not necessarily try to conclude with some left wing conspiracy.
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Schlosser’s high-density, high-quality research alone would provide maadness the same interesting tone as in the first essay, but combined with the rise and fall of Reuben Sturman it becomes electric and intensely personal. Eric Schlosser has made a name for madhess by probing behind the scenes of popular American phenomena.
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 Many of the themes in “Fast Food Nation” return here, particularly in the section on migrant labor: There have been something likeFederal sentences handed out for marijuana related crimes.
Under US law, we learn, ‘a mzdness can be seized if a single joint is discovered on it’ and in Oklahoma possession of 0.
All that I would like to see is for the government to make it easier for these workers to get temporary status in the U. This is where the second case study comes into play: Few would disagree with him there. Schlosser brilliantly weds a comprehensive examination of porn’s move from underground to mainstream with the legacy of an almost unknown figure who, by all accounts, essentially controlled pornography distribution for over 30 years: The section about illegal immigrants focuses mainly on strawberry pickers in the central valley of California.
The section on pot is detailed, but still misses a lot. Judging by sales, Americans love pot and porn, but live in a country that has law about them that are more strict than most any other developed nation. Reefer Madness is a difficult book to review because, in practice, it’s actually three completely distinct essays, tied together at the front and the back.
What does the overwhelming consumption of porn in the US reveal about how out of touch mainstream thought and criticism regarding porn are from what many people feel about it privately? 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: Jan 27, Anna rated it it was amazing.