Protection or Plunder? Whole Foods and New York City

I wanted to like this Associated Press story because, in theory, it is about the government doing what the government is supposed to do. It is supposed to punish fraud. I was actually prepared to say something nice about New York City’s government–a rare event for any government but especially in the case of the Big Apple. Sadly, there are enough doubts raised in the story that I can’t be so positive. In fact, looking at another news story, I think this amounts to blackmail with AP only reporting Read more […]

Teachable Moment: Whole Foods Wants to Sell to Poor People

The fact that Whole Foods wants to expand their market into poorer neighborhoods like Englewood in Chicago should tell you something about how businesses work. There are statements made in this marvelous story in the Washington Post’s Wonkblog that make me uneasy. The shameful presence of food stamps is one thing. I also don’t like the fact that an area with an Aldi in it got labeled a “food desert.” That seems like a snobbish designation more than an identification of a real problem. Read more […]

Fascists Force Capitalists to be Quiet about Fascism

John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, compared Obamacare to fascism. As usual, the fascists took offense. “Fascists seek to unify their nation through a totalitarian state that seeks the mass mobilization of the national community through discipline, indoctrination, and physical training.” Except for the physical training, the Obama government is a modern-day example of fascism. “It promotes regulated private enterprise and private property contingent whenever beneficial to the nation and state Read more […]