I just bought some overpriced food at Whole Foods
In response Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's sensible WSJ editorial, some leftists have organized a boycott. While I can understand how someone might disagree with parts of what Mackey wrote, a boycott? Really? For Whole Foods?
To me, enterprise is a function of property rights; that's justification enough in my book. But there are some who think businesses should seek a social good. There is suffering in the world from poverty, disease, and war, and free enterprise is a great (best?) way to alleviate it. As I said, I don't particularly subscribe to that view. I think a desire to make money is good enough; I'm old school like that. But if there's any corporation in America that embraces the business-as-positive-social-force viewpoint, it's Whole Foods.
I've long held theories about political movements as psychological phenomena on a massive social scale. One belief is that self-destructive personality traits on a grand scale get channeled into leftism.
To the boycotters: Is this really the corporation that you want to boycott? Based on that opinion piece?
In response, like Radley Balko, I just bought some overpriced food from the store, and will continue to do so until the boycott lasts.