The main objective of any dis-information campaign is to shape and then control public opinion. In the case of the Reefer Madness campaign, this would mean imprinting the impression that only criminals, sex trade workers and people of the lowest classes (meaning blacks and Mexicans) would ever make use of Medical Marihuana etc. And given how well orchestrated the dis-information campaign was conducted. It is obvious that any useful medium of dissemination would NOT have been ignored by them.
Remembering that the Internet (nor television for that matter) existed back in the 1930’s, it also becomes obvious that books played a much greater role in peoples lives back then.
The same (successfully used) tactics used by them to control other forms of media were also applied to the pulp novels.
Historically speaking, no doubt some of the authors actually believed their own works, but many others were simply in it for the money -- and so, let the truth be damned. Of such was the stuff of the Reefer Madness campaign.
Here we have separated the general term “BOOKS” by their three (Reefer Madness based) sub-categories:
These (for the most part) were considered at the time to have been non-fictional works, written by professions in their fields. And even when these hardbacks were acknowledged as being works of fiction, they were still seen as authoritative works. As an example would the New York Times have written this kind of a book review on (let us say), a pulp fiction novel:
MARIJUANA MYSTERY By Mary Stimson
For the most part, these provide us with the greatest of greatest art work known to the Reefer Madness Era. However, for the most part they were considered works of junk (even during their time) which slipped under the radar screens of the censors. Again, the conspirators were not under every rock and some people were in it simply for the money. Today we can at least enjoy the art work.
Almost totally forgotten today is the role-played by these ominous but ever present little booklets. Cheap and simple to produce, these were the favorite of numerous (ah, how shall we say it), less than scrupulous individuals who thought to make their living off the Reefer Madness Campaign. Hey, anyone can tell you not to steal, the Narc’s hate the competition.
Something typical of these pamphlets – This one put out by the Western Missionary Army.
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