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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Trivia About Reefer Madness: This eeefer somewhat disappointing after the first section. In a way I believe that this is a really heavy handed approach, particularly since the laws date back to the s, where the Dupont company pushed for the criminalisation of marijuana so that it could dominate the textile industry. More By and About This Author.

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

Basically there are lots of 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: As ,adness can expect from Schlosser, it is a thoroughly researched and tries to look at these industries in an objective manner, and does not necessarily try to conclude with schlossser left wing conspiracy. The 3 themes are the marijuana market, migrant farm workers, and the porn industry.

In what other nation can a person receive a lighter sentence for murder than selling a largely harmless drug? I didn’t realize the extent to which obscenity laws curtailed pornographic or erotic images, and how schlsoser they fueled censorship and the war against contraception.

I recommend this book for people who are interested in political theory. It would have made for a more interesting thesis if Schlosser had examined whether these parallel markets need one another. The underground is a good measure of the progress and health of nations.


Eric Schlosser Reefer Madness Reviewed By Rick Kleffel

For me, it was a binary option with nothing in-between — much like the life experiences of the demi-monde discussed within the pages of Reefer Madness. In Reefer Madness, investigative journalist Eric Schlosser exposes three of America’s biggest black markets–pot, porn and illegal immigrants. I believe that the second essay is fairly weak. Sturman had continually laundered money madnees offshore accounts and utilized an amazingly complex web of offshore corporations and aliases to conceal his affiliation with and ownership of his companies.

One problem is that Schlosser examines three disparate markets marijuana, illegal migrant labour and pornography which have little in common. Though scylosser lacks the powerful, life-changing punch of Fast Food Madnwss, this is nevertheless an excellent book that every adult American should read.

Migrant workers as those who are hoping for a better life who are caught in hypocracy of an American agricultural market that can only survive because of cheap, mavness labor although he identifies a few companies as treating their migrant workers well.

Schlosser presents the unembellished facts along with some vivid detail about the growers, the sellers, the law enforcement people, and the politicians.

Reefer Madness

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Mark Young of Indiana, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his relatively minor role in a marijuana deal; and Reuben Sturman, an enigmatic Ohio man who built and controlled a formidable pornography distribution empire before finally being convicted of tax evasion, after beating a string of obscenity charges.

I also fail to see how Schlosser can rightly attack the U. This helps to make his more eye-popping assertions even more striking. It talks about the poor working conditions of the illegal immigrants who migrate north every year from Mexico looking marness work.


How is the US contributing to the influx of illegal immigrants in the US by failing to regulate agricultural growers who employ migrant laborers from Mexico for little to nothing? May 11, Dennis Littrell rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the case of the essay on Sturman, for instance, we get a riveting schlossef about how a secretive businessman avoided paying taxes. I had already read the first one, found it on the internet, and liked it.

This would enable them to sue for injustices such as not being paid for all hours of work or any other breach of contract by the employer.

Schlosser attributes this to his approach of investigating first, opining later. schlossef

Heavy on both the legal history and status quo, Schlosser’s peerless research shines, reeffr an unvarnished account of how pot is grown, distributed, prosecuted, and proselytized. Sign up and get a free eBook!

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

Don’t let the name fool you – this is no apologia for sitting around and toking up. Sturman was just an ambitious comic book salesman who, in Schlosser’s history, is largely responsible for creating Porn As We Know 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 b I read and enjoyed Fast Food Nation several years ago.