Eric Schlosser (author of “Fast Food Nation”) just released a new book: “Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market.” As i was absolutely in love with his critique of America through the perspective of migrant workers in the US food market, i’m very excited to hear about “Reefer Madness.” According to the book description:
In “Reefer Madness,” Schlosser investigates America’s black market and its far-reaching influence on our society through three of its mainstays — pot, porn, and illegal immigrants. The underground economy is vast; it comprises perhaps 10 percent — perhaps more — of America’s overall economy, and it’s on the rise. Eric Schlosser charts this growth, and finds its roots in the nexus of ingenuity, greed, idealism, and hypocrisy that is American culture. He reveals the fascinating workings of the shadow economy by focusing on marijuana, one of the nation’s largest cash crops; pornography, whose greatest beneficiaries include Fortune 100 companies; and illegal migrant workers, whose lot often resembles that of medieval serfs.
For those who have not read “Fast Food Nation,” do so immediately. Schlosser is one of the few contemporary authors who’ve convinced many people that i know to change their behaviors (surrounding food in this case). My excitement over his new book is that this may allow America to more deeply reflect upon and deal with its relationship with the “immoral vices” that it so loves and hates.