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Thanks lefty for posting this. Googling Mackey and Whole Foods you'll find a bunch of interviews as he goes around the country promoting his book, Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business.
Looking at the Amazon customer reviews, there are a bunch of five star
and a bunch of one star
ratings of his books, which pretty well summarizes the divide in the American political environment now.
I'll just copy one of the Amazon custormer "one star" reviews by J.Nord:
"This man is not a conscious capitalist, and this book is nothing but a smokescreen, covering up his many abuses to help the public feel good about shopping at his stores. Mackey is renowned for union busting, firing workers for attempting to organize and for expressing their opinions to management. Most recently, he's been threatening to cut his workers hours so that he doesn't have to help provide them with health coverage, all the while taking in $760,000 a year while holding tens of millions of dollars in his own companies stock. (Really John, you can't afford to let your employees see a doctor?) This man, the business he runs, and this book, are doing nothing but selling an illusion -- he'll tell you he has a conscience, but if you look into his actual business practices (not just the ones he promotes in the book, but all of them), you'll see another man who cares about nothing but money, who has found a niche where he can rip off the unsuspecting public."
I think it echos many of your comments.
I have shopped at Whole Foods, but across the street is a Natural Foods store. I have a choice.