best blackmarket piece, points mentione
Looking At Life By Erich Brandeis B LACK markets' Black markets! Black market?! You can't read your paper these days without reading something about the black market plague. The OPA is trying to extcrmi- nata them—but it doesn't know how. The FBI is going going to go after, them. s Police depart- mants will arrest the black mar- keteers and so on. You'd imagine that it is impossible impossible to kill the market epidemic j And yet, in my opinion it is as simple as ABC. Black markets couldn't e x i sit unless there were enough merchandise available to make the business profitable. I know at least a dozen black markets in my immediate neighborhood. neighborhood. But the OPA isn't able to find them. * * * My wife and I eat stews and substitutes and, if we are lucky, a few frankfurters. But only yesterday I looked looked into an icebox find saw a luscious roast beef, a display of tsnder lamb chops, a fifteen-pound fifteen-pound ham, and a side of. bacon—all in the house of a family of. two. "My gosh," I said, "where did you get all the points BRANDEIS necessary for this are exhibit?" exhibit?" "Points?" smiled my hostess as if she had never heard tha word. ''We didn't need points for the stuff. The Soandso black market has all the meat you want—of course it costs you plenty." And then she told me that this particular black market even puts the stuff into black bags—a great joke, the proprietor proprietor thinks. We were going to can a lot of cherries this summer—five trees chock full of them. But we couldn't get the sugar. So the cherries went to waste. Yet, I know where I can get all the sugar I want— without a ration point, bm at twenty cents a pound. * * •:* rpHE owner of a nearby market •l wouldn't do any blackmarket- ing. So what happens? His shelves are loaded with but-' ter but he can't sell it because the housewives hereabouts haven't enough points to buy it. Complicated? Rot! Let the OPA give us enough points to buy our food at reasonable reasonable prices and in legitimate places and there wouldn't be another black market in existence within lour weeks. But to figure that out would require require the brains of a seven-year- oid school kid. Maybe that's why we have black markets.