Monday, October 5, 2009

Whole Foods' John Mackey Tries A Do-Over

By Jay Youngdahl
Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 5:58 PM

The editorial writers at the Wall Street Journal ran a long interview/story with Whole Foods President John Mackey this weekend. Mackey, you may remember, wrote an opinion piece attacking "Obamacare" in which he said things like, "A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter." Local innovative protests have been held in the East Bay in response, and the interview is an attempt to "greenwash" his image.

In the interview, Mackey attempts to moderate his views somewhat, but is led by the reporter to blame the "unions" and the government, for all matter of things, since, "Washington treats companies like cash dispensers."

According the interview, Mackey is currently traveling to college campuses across the country, extolling the "noble purpose" of "conscious capitalism," and "trying to persuade young people that business, profits and capitalism aren't forces of evil."

Sounds like time for a smackdown between Mackey and Michael Moore.

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