Liberals are anti-capitalists, which in no other terms means they are also anti-free enterprise. The very thing that built America into the great nation it has become. In their problematic view, equal is as equal does.
We should not be rewarded accordingly for our successful endeavors. We should share it with those who never worked a lick even though fully capable of at least doing something.
In fact, those of us who choose to be employed should burn a little midnight oil to help out the poor huddled masses yearning to be lazy. At least one high-powered CEO who’s worked his butt off to get to where he is today is crying foul.
The multi-millionaires name is John Mackey and he’s the CEO of Whole Foods. Mackey said capitalism is the “greatest thing humanity has ever done and cannot be replaced by socialism.” In a complete reverse of President Nixon’s economic ideology, Mackey refers to socialism as ‘trickle-up poverty’.
As Mackey, 67, spoke via Zoom with Robert Doar from the American Enterprise Institute, he claimed capitalism is the ‘greatest thing humanity has ever done’ while claiming socialism ‘impoverishes everything’.
Stating a well-researched fact, Mackey said, “Socialism has been tried 42 times in the last 100 years, and 42 failures. “It doesn’t work. It’s the wrong way. We have to keep capitalism. I would argue we need conscious capitalism.”
With a net worth estimated at $75-million, the co-founder of Whole Foods placed partial blame on private universities and progressive liberals for their false portrayal of business as being ‘inherently corrupt’.
“We’ve told a bad narrative, and we’ve let the enemies of business and the enemies of capitalism put out a narrative about us that’s wrong. It’s inaccurate and doing tremendous damage to the minds of young people. Until we get this corrected, capitalism is always going to be disdained and criticized and attacked.”
“It’ll be attacked for its motivations because its motivations are seen as somehow impure. Yes, of course, business has to make money. If a business doesn’t make money, it will fail, but that doesn’t mean that its purpose is to make money.”
He went on to explain, “They talk about trickle-down wealth, but socialism is trickle-up poverty. It just impoverishes everything. That’s my fear, that the Marxists and socialists, the academic community is generally hostile to business. It always has been. This is not new.”
Whole Foods employs over 100,000 people nationwide, a fact purposely overlooked by anti-capitalists. Despite providing these livelihoods, Mackey has been heckled during many of his college and university speeches, but this was only if the school didn’t cancel his speaking engagement altogether before had a chance to corrupt young minds with the silly notion of success.
The all-organic grocery store chain has opened shops in inner cities and in less affluent parts of cities, always with an emphasis on hiring employees from the surrounding neighborhoods. Every employee, regardless of their position, and from the top on down, is taught to ‘lead with love.’
“Love is often not associated with corporations, which are in fact generally seen as heartless money grabbers. It’s part of their image problem they have in the world and it’s due to the metaphors we have about business as being hyper-competitive,” Mackey said.
Having one of the lowest employee turnover rates in the country is a testament to Mackey’s belief in treating every store worker with the respect they deserve. He claims the companies to key components are purpose and love.
As a staunch advocate for the health benefits provided by the organic food industry, Mackey said it is likely the country has suffered worse from the pandemic due to the staggering rate of diabetes and heart disease brought on by poor diets.
The benefits of capitalism go beyond the scope of where liberals can see. They see a microscopic view of how cool it would be to never have to lift another finger. Those more aware see a country devastated by poverty and disease. We’ll go with Mr. Mackey on this one.