"There is nothing 'underground' about it. It is our preconception that says it is 'underground'".FINALLY someone else is explaining what I've been screaming, via this TED Talk. Thanks very much to our 2012 intern from Univ. Paul Cezanne in France, Adelaide (author of the French blog at right).
This is what I took away from my time in Peace Corps. The defamation of 1.8M people is way off base, and the fact it is primarily coming from non-profits in Seattle should be a big wake up call to liberals.
Biography of speaker Robert Neuwirth, Author of "Stealth of Nations", below.
In his 2012 book Stealth of Nations, Robert Neuwirth challenges conventional thinking by examining the world's informal economy close up. To do so, he spent four years living and working with street vendors and gray marketers, to capture its scope, its vigor--and its lessons. He calls it “System D” and argues that it is not a hidden economy, but a very visible, growing, effective one, fostering entrepreneurship and representing 1.8 billion jobs worldwide.