Re: comparison of underground economies (was Commie Nonsense)

From: phil osborn (
Date: Sat Jun 24 2000 - 21:57:12 MDT

>From: "altamira" <>
>Subject: comparison of underground economies (was Commie Nonsense)
>Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000 20:35:43 -0500
>So here's a question that occurred to me and led me to use a different
>subject heading for this message. In which country can there exist a
>healthier underground economy--Mexico or the U.S.? Will the partial
>dissolution of borders change this? As far as I can tell, there seem to be
>at least 2 underground economies in both the U.S. and Mexico. One kind is
>controlled by organizations similar to governments where a small elite
>controls the rest of the parties involved in the economy ("organized
>crime")and, I suspect, though I don't have first hand knowledge, that these
>underground economies have close ties to the governments alongside of which
>they operate. The other kind is a true free-market economy. I'm asking the
>question about both kinds, but in particular the latter, the free market
>underground economy.
I haven't seen much evidence of a real free-market underground economy in
Mexico. The stores in the border cities at least all stock the same
merchandise at the same prices - reminiscent of the old Soviet Union. It's
pretty obvious that there are bosses behind the scenes taking their cut in
every transaction. I know people who have second homes down there and have
been themselves involved in both the above and underground economies. They
assure me that nothing happens without the hierarchy of Jefes approval and
participation. When I thought about doing some info-organizing in TJ, I was
advised by them to consider the effects on my health.
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