Whole Foods CEO Doesn’t Care About Being Woke: Here’s Why Capitalism is Better than Socialism

If you listen to the progressive politicians enough, they’ll have you believe that socialism is the way to go. However, it has failed time and time again. It hasn’t worked anywhere – India, Israel, and the United Kingdom have all tried it.

Margaret Thatcher, a former British prime minister, once hit the nail on the head: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

In a society where everyone’s so concerned about being “woke,” it’s nice to hear someone speak out.

John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods has decided that it’s time to wake up the progressives who keep pushing to turn toward socialism. He wants to point out the greatness of capitalism and doesn’t care what the critics have to say.

Mackey lets loose during an interview with the American Enterprise Institute. He rips into socialism as well as some of their supporters, including NY Democratic Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who may be the loudest of them all.

The problem, as Mackey points out, is that businesses are made out to be villains. Those in favor of socialism want to point out that capitalisms are out for selfish gain and nothing more.

That’s where there’s room for improvement. Mackey suggests that it’s necessary to correct the incorrect train of thought. Businesses have to make money, and that’s not an “impure” motivation. If a business doesn’t make money, it will fail – but that doesn’t mean that the sole purpose of a business is to make money.

The Whole Foods CEO offers this analogy: “My body has to produce red blood cells and if I stop producing red blood cells I’m going to die, but just because I have to make red blood cells does not mean the purpose of my life is to produce red blood cells.”

Mackey, who recently wrote a book, discusses cultural intelligence. It’s broken down into three kinds: traditional, modern, and progressive.

However, progressive cultural intelligence distrusts science until it serves their own ideology.

Progressives are loud and dominate Hollywood and the media. They think they have more numbers than they actually do simply because they have the presence to remind people that they are there.

The problem is that the progressives want to throw capitalism out the window and adopt socialism. That’s where Mackey takes issue, calling it a “disaster.” He points out that it’s been attempted 42 times in the past hundred years and has failed all 42 of those times.

His solution? Conscious capitalism. It still focuses on capitalism, but it protects businesses to ensure that they’re there to make a difference and provide a need while still offering a bottom line.

The progressive movement where policies damage America, including defunding the police, is not the direction that’s best for the U.S. Mackey even identifies that this movement has led to Whole Foods having to hire more security guards to prevent looting and other disasters that the movement has been known to employ.

“Capitalism is the greatest thing humanity’s ever done, we told a bad narrative and we’ve let the enemies of business and the enemies of capitalism put out a narrative about us that’s wrong, it’s inaccurate and it’s doing tremendous damage to the minds of young people. We have to counter that.”

John Mackey is absolutely right.

Capitalism is what leads to innovation. It’s spawned by motivation. Those that have great ideas have the ability to launch a company and take the world by storm. Without capitalism, innovation becomes stifled and the country reaches a lull in every industry.

The United States is capable of so much. Rather than feeding into the insecurities of those who have become generationally dependent on the welfare system, we need to show that capitalism is the greatest thing that has ever happened. As people motivate themselves to work harder, there’s no longer the need to even consider socialism as a solution.