You have to wonder about the mix of marketing, corporation, progressivism, social contract, and anarcho libertarianism that seems to represent the bizzare amalgam that is Whole Foods. I mean, where else do you find the CEO of a company dedicated (or at least in all of its marketing) to the progressive causes of nutrition, organic, sustainability, and social justice accuse the president of being a socialist and then a fascist for proposing and passing a universal health bill.
It really is breathtaking and I have to wonder to what extent are the shoppers--progressives and liberals who believe in social justice and the social contract--being taken for granted and being manipulated by this one very large corporation. Whole Foods seems like some fuzzy Teddy Bear out rampaging in the countryside because the effects of abandoning the health bill and keeping a purely market and employer based apporach means the suffering and premature/unnecessary deaths of many, many people.
As a cancer survivor myself I have seen how a lack of insurance leads to postponed or avoided medical appointments and ignored symptoms and signs until the disease and death from it are a foregone conclusion. People routinely die in the country as a direct result of a lack of access to health insurance and care. People suffer from curable and preventable illness all the time Consider someone with sleep apnea not being able to get treatment and suffering from anxiety, heart issues, fatigue, and on and on because they lack helth insurance and access to a care. The resulting helth issues are way more expensive than a simple CPAP machine, and we all pay the burden of worsened illness.
So the CEO of Whole Foods and his recent comments calling the health care act socialism and fascism are really horrible and pathetic. I am not sure how much of his personal and corporate wealth is going to fight implementation and for rescinding the health act, but in a country where corporations are considered people and can contribute vast sums to politics, it must be quite a bit.
So as progressives, liberals, believers in social justice and the social contract, what do we do? Walk with our money and go elsewhere? I like the idea of spreading the wealth among farmer's markets, small stores with good ethics, and so on, but is this practicable?
Not sure, but I am not really feeling much warmth for Whole Foods lately.
Causes James Buchanan Supports
Expanding health care in the US, ending war as a viable tool of foreign policy, and issues related to social justice in general.