Jun 15, 2021
Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
Posted by Eric Schlosser

America s black market is much larger than we realize, and it affects us all deeply, whether or not we smoke pot, rent a risqu video, or pay our kid s nannies in cash In Reefer Madness the best selling author of Fast Food Nation turns his exacting eye on the underbelly of the American marketplace and its far reaching influence on our society Exposing three American mainAmerica s black market is much larger than we realize, and it affects us all deeply, whether or not we smoke pot, rent a risqu video, or pay our kid s nannies in cash In Reefer Madness the best selling author of Fast Food Nation turns his exacting eye on the underbelly of the American marketplace and its far reaching influence on our society Exposing three American mainstays pot, porn, and illegal immigrants Eric Schlosser shows how the black market has burgeoned over the past several decades He also draws compelling parallels between underground and overground how tycoons and gangsters rise and fall, how new technology shapes a market, how government intervention can reinvigorate black markets as well as mainstream ones, and how big business learns and profits from the underground Reefer Madness is a powerful investigation that illuminates the shadow economy and the culture that casts that shadow.

  • Title: Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
  • Author: Eric Schlosser
  • ISBN: 9780618446704
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • Reefer Madness Sex Drugs and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market America s black market is much larger than we realize and it affects us all deeply whether or not we smoke pot rent a risqu video or pay our kid s nannies in cash In Reefer Madness the best sellin

    David Sarkies

    Investigating America s Vices19 June 2013 Written the author of Fast Food Nation, this book contains three case studies that each dealing with an area of the black market marijuana, immigrant workers in the strawberry fields on California, and the hard core porn industry As one 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 some left wing conspiracy Basically there are lots of bo [...]


    Eric Schlosser, the grade a muckraker whose widely read Fast Food Nation catapulted him to fame, returns with Reefer Madness, dedicated to nothing less than examining the underbelly of America s black market Through three distinct essays dealing with marijuana, migrant workers, and pornography , he examines the history, underlying economics, policy effects, and future directions of products and services that America can neither seem to abstain from nor openly embrace.Reefer Madness is a difficul [...]

    Brandon T.

    Eric Schlosser has made a name for himself by probing behind the scenes of popular American phenomena He became famous for Fast Food Nation, which was later turned into a film.Schlosser s subject matter may trend towards the pop world, but his cross of investigative journalism and postmodernist sociology is both fresh and informative 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 unders [...]


    This was somewhat disappointing after the first section The section on illegal immigration focused almost entirely on strawberry farmers That was fine as far as it went and I don t know that I ll ever buy strawberries again I was expecting a broad description of the labor underground and perhaps hoping for a further exploration of the illegal labor market in house cleaning and yards Those are the places that regular Americans most encounter illegals and I think would have been interesting than [...]


    This book proves how bloody hypocritical the American government is as if anyone doubted it already An in depth look at three of the US s most productive underground industries pornography, illegal immigrant labor, and the marijuana trade , Reefer Madness details the ridiculousness with which the US government approaches the processes that make up ten percent of the country s total business Judging by sales, Americans love pot and porn, but live in a country that has law about them that are str [...]


    Like others who have read Fast Food Nation, I picked this up with great hope Like others who have read this book, I was sorely disappointed.It is what it is a gussied up textbook version of marijuana, porn, and migrant labor statistics that feels as sterile as a World Book encyclopedia I would have been completely disinterested if the book was not peppered with personal accounts Still, in pages where these stories were absent, reading became unbearable, as if I was in high school again and been [...]


    written 6 03 This was a collection of three essays, one about marijuana law, one about immigrant strawberry pickers, and one about the porn industry I had already read the first one, found it on the internet, and liked it The other two were just as insightful and I agree with Schlosser on all points that the black market is too large to be ignored, that marijuana should be decriminalized, that corporations need to be regulated and the market cannot be trusted to serve the best interests of human [...]


    In Reefer Madness, investigative journalist Eric Schlosser exposes three of America s biggest black markets pot, porn and illegal immigrants These shadow economies bring in billions of dollars that remain off the books The author s research brings to light how each of these industries has experienced unbelievable growth even as the government has instituted stricter laws and harsher penalties to keep them out of society or out of our borders.

    Vince Darcangelo

    This review originally appeared in the BOULDER WEEKLYarchiveulderweekly 0513Notes from the Underground NationThrough pot, produce and peep shows, Eric Schlosser explores America s shadow economy Vince Darcangelo A poor Midwestern farmer serves time in Leavenworth for growing pot Migrant farm workers from labor camps sleep in parked cars in Southern California A comic book salesman in Cleveland builds a pornography empire and turns the modern porn industry into a mainstream multi billion dollar b [...]

    Dennis Littrell

    Schlosser, Eric Reefer Madness Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market 2003 Journalism as social criticism or vice versaThere are three long, but very well written essays in this book, portions of which previously appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone and the US News and World Report.The first, the title essay, is on the marijuana business in the United States with a concentration on the killer weed s legal history, its economics and how it is cultivated today Schlosse [...]


    Fantastic history of marijuana and migrant farm workers The theme of the book is the underground industries where people are paid under the table The 3 themes are the marijuana market, migrant farm workers, and the porn industry Eric Schlosser has done some great research and has presented enough facts and data to make strong conclusions on these topics The writer states his own beliefs and the end of each section but the facts are so compelling that the reader can figure it out on their own I n [...]


    Reefer Madness is not so much a collective novel as much as it is a collection of three essays with a unifying theme The unifying theme is meant to be the undermining and corruptive black market of marijuana, illegal immigrant workers and the porn industry While each essay has its strengths, the theme as a whole does not really work.The theme is weak in part because the black market aspects of each topic are corruptive in completely different ways The first essay is the most effective and is abo [...]


    Reefer Madness is a collection of 3 extended essays about the underground market in America for marijuana, migrant workers, and pornography The author has focused primarily on the economic aspects of the underground The topics themselves are quite interesting Reading about the strict laws against marijuana use are both frightening and mind boggling How can consuming something as harmless as a joint warrant a harsher sentence than what is often handed out to murderers or other violent criminals H [...]


    Reefer madness is a look at the underground economy Schlosser uses three aspects of the underground economy as a lens the cultivation of marijuana, the hiring of illegal migrant workers specifically California agriculture , and the production and distribution of pornography.Scholosser is very much sympathetic towards the participants in these industries 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 n [...]

    Ryan Williams

    Fascinating triptych of articles from the author of Fast Food Nation Schlosser has an enviable way of braiding facts, meticulous research, reportage and anecdotes into a speedy, punchy read The three long articles making up the meat of the text deal with migrant labour, pot and pornography Schlosser s appetite for particulars regularly up ends received wisdom Of the largest mail order sex shop in America, the headquarters is high tech and impressive but surreal Dainty, white haired southern wome [...]


    I m not sure what I was expecting, but this is far better than I imagined Don t let the name fool you this is no apologia for sitting around and toking up It is instead a well researched and highly informative trio of essays about those that exist in the underbelly of American culture The first and eponymous essay concerns marijuana trafficking and the societal costs, the second is about migrant workers in the strawberry fields of California, and the closing essay is about the rise of the sex in [...]


    Well written, but overall badly donen t bother This follows Schlosser s Fast Food Nation, which was an excellent, well researched piece of journalism But this book is very disappointing It is supposed to investigate three illegal marketsrijuana, illegal immigrants, and pornography The section on illegal immigration is less than 35 pages, which is pathetic and doesn t even skim the surface He confines his discussion to agricultural workers, leaving our all other categories of illegal immigrant la [...]


    although by this point, a lot of the statistics are pretty old some stuff is surely outdated, this is still a very good introductory examination of not only the concept of the black market, but some of the ways society feels its impact i m not quite done yet, but there seems to be a dearth of focus on the internet in the porn section, considering that this was written in like 01 or 02update okay, so he did talk about the internet in the final chapters the whole thing still just felt a little ol [...]


    I read and enjoyed Fast Food Nation several years ago This book is by the same author, Eric Schlosser.None of the detail or commentary in this book is original, but it is put together in a compelling package and in a manor that makes you think about how some of the laws and prejudices that we have in place are that way, and it just may make you think to question that.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 [...]


    Another book on CD I listened to on the way to work it was really fascinating lots and lots of info on the taboo topics of the US underground trades of drugs, sex and illegal workers I liked how the main focus was on the economic and legal impact of each of these issues and not so much on the morality surrounding it although the laws are often impacted by that The author spent a lot of time on the drug trade almost exclusively about marijuana use sale and way too much time on the sex trade could [...]


    This book is divided into 3 parts, the common link being black market economics, politics and social implications of weed, farm labor and porn The porn section was by far the most interesting, covering the fascinating life of porn kind Reuben Sturman, the Godfather of American porn long before the emergence of Playboy and today s current incarnations Incredibly well researched, and a fascinating study of a man who started from nothing, from when porn barely existed up to the modern era when orga [...]


    Many of the themes in Fast Food Nation return here, particularly in the section on migrant labor Reading it, you quickly become aware of the corner into which our economy has backed itself As is the case with the fast food industry, the low costs we take for granted are only possible at the expense of the workers who produce these products 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 [...]

    Michael Hildrum

    I normally really like books written with views that strongly correlate to my views However this one was just mediocre.It is really a collection of three essays by Schlosser.Marijuana, illegal migrant workers, and pornography are the topics Marijuana is the best, as it presents some sort of viewpoint about marijuana laws and punishments 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 Sturm [...]

    Jeff Flotta

    Another well documented book from Schlosser This one shines light on three taboos in the American culture marijuana, pornography, and illegal labor Who is keeping marijuana out of the marketplace and why Where did pornography get it s start and who profits from it Would our agriculture industry and economy collapse without illegal immigrants breaking their backs in the fields Schlosser uncovers the answers to all of the madness in Reefer Madness.


    All so true


    Dad s clinic is in the chapter about porn.

    Mark Geise

    Reefer Madness was interesting, but I wouldn t say that I loved it The book is composed of three distinct long essays that are brought together by the introduction and conclusion The general focus of the book is the black market in America The first essay deals with marijuana illegality, the second explores migrant labor in California s strawberry industry, and the third and longest discusses the history of pornography in America There is a lot of well sourced information here, but I think that [...]


    Reefer Madness Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market310 pages 2003 Eric SchlosserWhat do pornography, marijuana, and migrant labor have in common They re all factors in an underground economy, a vast web of cash heavy transactions barred or limited by laws and social s, but which generate substantial wealth for those willing to risk criminality Reefer Madness contains thre seperate exposes on these subjects by the author of Fast Food Nation, followed by a conclusion which atte [...]

    Kater Cheek

    Schlosser wrote FAST FOOD NATION, which I felt was well researched but lacked consistent writing I figured he might be a better writer by now, so I picked up REEFER MADNESS, the unfortunately named book that is not strictly about marijuana so much as it s about underground economies.The book is divided into three sections, the first of which deals with marijuana You could write a book entirely about marijuana cultivation in the US, and many people have Schlosser touches a little on the absurdity [...]


    This is a book about Marijuana policy embedded into the context of the history and mainstream emergence tolerance of Pornography and immigrant labor issues, specifically within the realm of Cali strawberry farms Or, perhaps, it s an equal and parallel treatment of all three issues Either way this was a quite interesting read.Schlosser, of Fast Food and meat industry shenanigans expos fame, provides an overview of these three areas with their Black Market machinations in an attempt to expose thes [...]

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