Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey recently expressed concern that “socialists” are taking over major institutions of American society while noting that certain freedoms are “under threat.”
“My concern is that I feel like the socialists are taking over,” Mackey told Reason Magazine in a podcast interview on Wednesday. “They march through institutions. They… take control of education. Looks like they took over a lot of companies. Looks like they’ve taken over the army. And it just keeps going. »
The libertarian businessman explained that “capitalism” and “freedom” are his main values, but noted that they should not be taken for granted.
“And I feel like, you know, with the way free speech is today, the gun control movement, a lot of freedoms that I’ve taken for granted for most of of my life, I think, are under threat,” he said. said.
Later in the interview, Mackey explained that one of the biggest challenges he’s found in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is hiring and retaining employees in major US cities, particularly in young people.
The outgoing CEO cited New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC as some of the cities he found “difficult” to hire.
He then blamed the youngsters for wanting ‘meaningful work’ at the start of their careers and insisted they had to ‘earn it over time’.
“Some of the younger generation don’t seem willing to pay that price, and I don’t know why,” Mackey said.
Mackey founded Whole Foods Market nearly 42 years ago in Austin, Texas, and has since opened more than 500 stores across North America and the UK. He is expected to retire on September 1.
Mackey is one of the most outspoken corporate executives to criticize aspects of leftist thinking, particularly socialism, at a time when more corporations seem to be embracing “woke” culture.
Breitbart News noted that the left has criticized Mackey in the past for downplaying “global warming” and blaming “obesity” for the high death toll during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
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