Outgoing Whole Foods CEO John Mackey issued a dire warning…

The encroachment of socialism will destroy this nation

What did Mackay say?

John Mackey exposes socialism
John Mackey exposes socialism for what it is…

John Mackey announced last September that he was retiring from managing the supermarket chain that he co-founded more than 40 years ago. But before his departure from Whole Foods at the end of August, Mackey is warning Americans about socialism.

“My concern is that I feel like socialists are taking over,” Mackey said on the “Reason” podcast this week.

“They’re marching through the institutions. They’re taking over everything,” he added. “They’re taking over education. It looks like they’ve taken over a lot of the corporations. It looks like they’ve taken over the military. And it’s just continuing.”

Describing himself as a “capitalist at heart,” Mackey blamed socialists and socialism for eroding many of the liberties that Americans once universally believed were fundamental to our way of life.

“I believe in liberty and capitalism. Those are my twin values,” he said. “And I feel like, you know, with the way freedom of speech is today, the movement on gun control, a lot of the liberties that I’ve taken for granted most of my life, I think, are under threat.”

Whole Foods founder John Mackey also says that socialists are forcing companies to back their political agenda.

Mackey said. “They’re trying to force certain political values down the throats of all businesses, their own values, their own personal values that they believe should be done. So their own environmental values, their own values about diversity, race. Their own values about equality and equity. But mostly it’s about power. They don’t want investors to have control of their businesses…. Insofar as Conscious Capitalism influenced people to do this, then I regret it. I think the owners control businesses, not intellectuals, not government bureaucrats, people that actually understand the business and can consciously run those businesses in ways that will create more value.”

Who is John Mackey?

Mackey is no stranger to warning Americans about the perils of socialism.

Whole Foods founder John Mackey is a well-known libertarian who is outspoken in defending free markets and capitalism. He also founded a business management movement called Conscious Capitalism. Now, as he’s set to retire next month, he regrets if Conscious Capitalism inadvertently pushed some companies toward bullying Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) trends.

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Conscious Capitalism was created by Mackey and Babson College marketing professor Raj Sisodia. It includes an illuminating book and an annual conference of high-powered CEOs, entrepreneurs and policymakers. The premise behind Conscious Capitalism is that businesses should operate ethically while they pursue profits in a business that makes society better. Their four guiding principles include higher purpose, stakeholder orientation, conscious leadership, and conscious culture.

In a 2020 interview, for example, Mackey described socialism as the “path of poverty.”

“They talk about ‘trickle-down wealth,’ but socialism is trickle-up poverty,” Mackey said. “It just impoverishes everything.”

Capitalism, on the other hand, is “greatest thing humanity has ever created,” according to Mackey.

“Capitalism is the greatest thing humanity’s ever done. 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 it’s doing tremendous damage to the minds of young people,” Mackey said.

“The Marxists and socialists, the academic community is generally hostile to business. It always has been. This is not new,” he explained.

In his retirement from Whole Foods, Mackey is likely to be more outspoken about politics. In fact, he told Reason that he will no longer be “muzzled.”

“Pretty soon, you’re gonna hear about ‘Crazy John’ who’s no longer muzzled,” he joked.

Is Donald Trump being persecuted because of his being anti-socialism?

“Socialism is not about the environment, it’s not about justice, it is not about virtue. Socialism is about only one thing: It’s called power for the ruling class.” — President Trump, speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, March 2

“Under the guise of Medicare-for-all and a Green New Deal, Democrats are embracing the same, tired economic theories that have impoverished nations and have stifled the liberties of millions over the past century. That system is socialism.” — Vice President Pence, speech at CPAC, Feb. 28

“I want you to put socialism on trial.” — White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, speech at CPAC, Feb. 27

Quick, is there a difference?

  • National Socialist German Workers’ Party
  • Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  • United Socialist Party of Venezuela
  • Democratic Socialists of America

All have the word socialist in their names, and President Trump is being persecuted because he’s pointed out that what most educated Americans know; there’s virtually little difference between the Nazis, the Soviet communists, the dictatorship of a crumbling Venezuela and the political organization linked to socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).