Essay Reefer Madness Summary

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Reefer Madness
Eric Schlosser To start off, the main driven idea of this book is the black market, or what they refer to as the underground and “shadow economy”. The underground has its choices and consequences as well as any other type of economic system do. But, in this case the underground can be a country’s main economy for survival such as, “In Bolivia the underground economy is responsible for an estimated 65 percent of GDP. In Nigeria it accounts for perhaps 76 percent.” (7) This type of GDP from the underground is usually found in the developing worlds. That’s not to say that we don’t have a dark side of our own in the mix. The US has been the largest competitor in the Black Market in many fields for example: Marijuana,
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“…I met a commercial introduced himself as “Dave”…quite proud of his work and regretted being unable to discuss it with friends.” (39) Whether it’s a hobby or for a living, the underground still has a staying with our mainstream economy because it’s just as important. Without all those illegal immigrants, especially Mexicans, who would have tended those acres of strawberries in California? With the migration of the illegals “California strawberry production…output more than tripled; prices fell, and the Americans doubled their consumption of fresh strawberries.” (81) Although, they have taken the opportunity for someone else in America to get the job, but regular Americans get paid a minimum wage nowadays. Back then, the farmers/company would pay whenever and whatever they felt like paying their workers because they were mostly illegal.
It all started with a comic book. Reuben Sturman was the one who started the business of exploiting women to give men pleasure. He began his quest at a large warehouse in Detroit, where his business would bloom not only nationwide but internationally as well. This might be a dirty subject to get into but, Pornography is just as important as Marijuana and Underground labor because it too created much revue as “$15,000 to $20,000 a week to dance at strip clubs, doing four twenty-minute shows each night.” (181). It’s staggering to see that a young businessman
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