May 20, 2003

Reefer Madness, Eric Schlosser

Three related researches on aspects of the illegal or contested market in the US. Evidently the black market in the US economy has gotten much bigger in the last thirty years, and - in a free-market nation - must be taken to represent something real about the state of the nation.

Schlosser argues that

  • the War on Drugs against marijuana is more damaging than successful;
    • the laws are unequally applied to rich and poor,
    • confiscation is unfair - and feeds law department budgets, which is a perverse incentive;
  • on balance of evidence, marijuana is no more harmful than various accepted legal habits; and
  • nations that have decriminalized possession have not suffered by it.

Mj wasn't criminal until the '30s in the States, and the rhetoric around it associated it with Mexicans coming across the border to take scarce jobs.

That loosely connects to the unfair position of illegal immigrants, especially in US ag, which depends on them but will not treat them as the rest of us expect to be treated by our employers.

The last section isn't on pornography as much as pornography publishing. Its main character had an enormous conglomerate, and was finally brought down when his tax evasion was discovered.

ISBN: 0-618-33466-1 So wrote clew in History (21st c.). | TrackBack

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