Whole Foods CEO: Capitalism is amazing

Whole Foods is a company Glenn loves to hate. He has a great deal of respect for CEO, John Mackey, but he doesn’t love the $1,400 they seemingly charge for a glass of milk. Mackey is inherently libertarian, though his views sometimes stray towards over-regulation when it comes to issues like organic food laws and providing comfortable transportation for live lobsters (?!) on their way to various Whole Foods outposts. Regardless, one thing is for certain, Mackey understands capitalism, and he eloquently expressed his views on the free market system in a recent interview.

“Very smart guy,” Glenn said about Mackey on this morning’s radio program. “You know what I love about libertarians? We don't agree on everything, but capitalism is the way to go.”

MACKEY: Whole Foods is very frequently criticized, most recently in the New York Times, for being a – you know, one of the big corporations that is corrupting organic. And just because we're large, a lot of suspicion and mistrust just because there's such an anti-corporation mentality by a lot of people in the country.

His remark touches on the growing problem in this country – people are being told not to trust corporations because they are painted as large, scary, greedy, selfish, exploitative, sociopaths that care about nothing but turning a profit. This is simply not true, and Mackey continued his defense of the free markets by talking about the ‘good’ corporations do.

MACKEY: Well, capitalism of course itself has been amazing. It's been – our first chapter in our book is extraordinary success, or capitalism. The second chapter is why isn't capitalism better loved? And we put forth the thesis that we need a new narrative for it. We need to think about business differently, that business has the possibility to have a higher purpose besides just making money. There's nothing wrong with making money, but that's not particularly inspiring. And every other profession in the world, from doctors, teachers, engineers, architects, lawyers, if you ask what their purpose is, and it refers back to some type of contribution they are making to other people. And business is the greatest value creator in the world. Business creates value for its customers, for its employees, for its suppliers, for its investors, for the larger communities it's part of. They're the value creators. We are the value creators. We're the heroes. And yet that's not the narrative that's told about business. So we're telling that narrative, and at the same time we're challenging business to be more conscious and to take their value creation to a higher level and understanding that all of these stakeholders they're creating value for are connected together and so you ought to strategically organize your business in such a way that you can optimize value for all of those stakeholders.

“That's amazing,” Glenn said. “That's exactly the way people should be running their companies.”

Agree or disagree with Mackey politically, his commentary is spot on. “He's right about capitalism,” Glenn continued. “And yet, because of politics, they will take him down. People will go and they will demonize him, and they'll make his job harder.”

Ultimately, capitalism is what creates the wealth and prosperity that allows people to live good and productive lives. It employees people and creates a profit, while providing services for the public. “The best thing you'll ever do to help people is this company and running it well and turning a profit,” Stu said to Glenn. “That helps all the employees who work here. All those people go and spend their money in the economy. They essentially, in effect, employ other people with that money. This is, what you – I mean, charities are fantastic and obviously they're very much needed, but capitalism is really what brings prosperity and wealth."

Unfortunately, with the current narrative painted so solidly anti-corporation, it won’t be easy to convince people of the good that can come from big business and free market principles.

“They just don't see it,” Glenn concluded. “They don't see how you can be a corporation and be good.”

The Biden administration wants to fundamentally change our economy and they've made some truly game-changing moves in recent days, but you won't hear anyone in the mainstream media talking about it. If you want to know what the government doesn't want you to notice, pay attention to what the White House releases on Friday afternoons.

Last Friday afternoon — when fewer people would notice — the administration announced a new "comprehensive, government-wide strategy" to overhaul our nation's economy and protect us all from the "financial risks of climate change."

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck reviewed Biden's new climate finance report and explained why he believes the administration's plans to fundamentally change the economy is "the most dangerous movement in the world right now."

Glenn started out by playing a video clip of White House press secretary Jen Psaki telling reporters, "The President wants to make fundamental change in our economy, and he feels coming out of the pandemic is exactly the time to do that" during a press briefing last week.

"That's interesting because what she just said is the exact language, almost a quote, from the people over at the Great Reset, the World Economic Forum," Glenn said of Psaki's statement.

"This is the most dangerous movement in the world right now. It is a direct shot, by a railgun, at liberty. And when I started talking about this, about a year and a half ago, the system went into overdrive to call it a conspiracy. ... This is how they shut people down. They isolate and alienate you by calling the opposition conspiracy theorists. Everything is a conspiracy. Well, there are some conspiracies out there. But you need to know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact."

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On the morning of Aug. 15, Asma was a free woman in Kabul. She wore Western clothes. Traveled safely alone. Attended college in a neighboring country with the money her parents had saved. By that evening, her entire world had changed.

For the first time in her life, Asma was confronted with the reality of the Taliban. The horror stories she heard growing up were no longer the nightmare of her parents' generation. They were hers, too. Faced with the impossible decision to stay with her family and risk imminent torture or death, she chose to live, and take on the Taliban face-to-face.

Asma's bravery also led to the rescue of over 150 Afghan college women. She tells Glenn she was willing to die before she let the Taliban take her or the other women. But she didn't do it alone. Her sister Azada, helplessly watching the horror unfold from the U.S., quickly turned to her father's contact list. What follows is a miracle evacuation story that ends with a sisters' reunion and hope for a new future. These brave Afghan sisters have a message for those in their home country still trapped, for the leaders of this country, and for the men and women in uniform (and their families) who may believe the American sacrifices for Afghanistan were in vain.

Finally, a note about the other heroes in the rescue story. The movement of the seven buses of college women into the Kabul airport was a chain with about 8-10 links. Had any one of those links not been present or broken, the young women would not have made it into the airport for evacuation, and three young women taken by the Taliban would not have been recovered.

Glenn and his team would like to give a special thanks to Francisco from Arcis International, Wade and Jim from Commercial Task Force, Blaine from E3 Ranch Foundation, Michael and his crew from Kam Air, No One Left Behind, Samaritan's Purse, and Charmaine, Chris, Geno, John, Lori, Rob, Rudy & the Ground Team from The Nazarene Fund.

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There's been a lot of talk about the idea of a (peaceful) "national divorce" as the Left continues to abandon everything that made America what it is. Well, this week's guest on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" is all for that divorce. Michael Malice is the author of "The Anarchist Handbook" and host of the podcast "Your Welcome." He joined Glenn to talk about how an anarchist would peacefully take on America's greatest challenges — with a smile.

"My rights are not up for discussion," Malice told Glenn. He explained why his version of America will save America, and why, in spite of anxious talk of "national divorce," he has so much hope for the future.

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There are new curriculum standards being implemented into schools throughout the nation for health classes that not only go far beyond what's appropriate for young children, but are entrenched in clear political biases, too. Under the standards, third-graders are taught about hormone blockers and endless gender identities, and topics get shockingly graphic for kids as young as 11. Some schools are even teaching their teachers and kids to ignore what parents have to say about these topics. And the worst part may be that many parents are completely unaware what their children are being taught.

Tina Descovich, co-founder of Moms for Liberty, joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain exactly what you can ask at your next school board meeting to ensure this "horrifying" curriculum isn't being taught in your kid's school.

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