Looking for roots in the underground economy

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“But even in a business that profits off desperation, he never knew how desperate things could become…"

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Reading like a trailer park ethnography paralleling Anna LOWENHAUPT-TSING’s The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins, Terrence McCOY’s Washington Post feature “After the check is gone" traces a month in the life of 51 year-old Donna Jean DEMPSEY, who survives in rural America with a meagre disabilities check and forays “deep into the underground American economy, where researchers know some people receiving disability benefits are forced to work illegally after the checks are spent — because they can’t hold a regular job, because no one will hire them, because disability payments on average amount to less than minimum wage, sometimes much less, and because it’s hard to live on so little."

Dempsey’s story also exposes the grey production circuits of natural health supplements, whereby the .53 pounds of Solomon’s seal root and .35 pounds of bloodroot DEMPSEY painstakingly collects amounts to a mere USD .80 cents’ worth in the multi-billion dollar industry of all-natural herbal remedies for health-conscious consumers.

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