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Conscious Capitalism: Whole Foods Founder John Mackey Book Tour

Don't know much about the book yet, but I saw the video of Mackey here on the DP a while ago. He's going to be at the Whole Foods on River Street in Cambridge tomorrow. I'll be there and let you know how it goes.

http://youtu.be/t_2U9v2sN_w



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Conscious unionism needs to bring Mackey back to earth

Does anybody over 30 work at Whole Foods? What happens when a Whole Foods employee turns 30, Mr. Mackey? How is he supposed to eat after you fire him because you're too cheap to provide him health insurance?

I wouldn't shop there

I wouldn't shop there if you paid for it. We call that store "Whole Paycheck". $6.00 for one truffle? You got to be kidding me. He's not a capitalist. He's a narcissistic, greedy and selfish maniac. 2 bags of groceries for over $300? You have got to be kidding me. This guy got rich off of young stupid liberals who don't have the ability to think or possess the wisdom about money. You can get the same groceries down the road for a fraction of the cost. He is taking advantage of these naïve progressives.

Keepin' it real.

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As it turns out,

I was misinformed. I thought there was going to be a talk; it was just a book signing. He gave a talk to employees earlier.

He's supposed to be speaking at Babson College at 4 today, but that a little far for me. Considering the storm, and considering you can watch this talk he gave at Stanford Business School at your leisure:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZuhXhnlHxg

I decided to opt for getting prepped for the storm.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

It's pretty good worth the

It's pretty good worth the read. At the very least, it supports John who is a libertarian.

I'm glad to see it branded at all whole foods. Maybe it will make some dems up.

He makes a great case for capitalism and talks about Mises and Hayek

eagerly awaiting a review

I keep seeing this book at Whole Foods and keep meaning to buy it, but I realize I can get is cheaper on Amazon and don't buy it :)

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

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I did the same thing for a while

It is 25% off at Whole Foods - $18.99. $17.38 on Amazon

Had to pay sales tax at the grocery store, but at least I got it so I could start reading it. I've only gotten through the preface so far.

Mackey was a liberal hippy, thought business was greedy and bad, and profits were evil... until he started running his own business. Then he got a new perspective on things! Soon he learned that as a business, he's able to provide jobs for others, these amazing products for people, not to mention the platform that he's got to spread his message.

Really looking forward to the talk - to hearing what else he has to say, and learning from his experience, and what it can teach me in terms of running the Daily Paul.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Thanks Michael

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Libertarians

Some are born; the government makes the rest.

Mackey is a liberal who was made into a libertarian by the government--that's my take. So, he probably didn't study economics in school, but learned it on the job. He's a retailer, and retailers need to be socially tolerant or they lose customers.

I saw a notice at one of his stores calling for support of mandates on food labeling; don't know if it was official. Mandates and licenses for labeling is, of course, a violation of the right to free speech.

He's not "pure," but we're working on him.

He's got the best health insurance plan you can have, given the current regulatory situation--I wish I had it.

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