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.”

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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