National Review on the Amazon/Whole Foods deal

The latest print edition of National Review features an interesting blurb about Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods.

Imagine explaining this in 1960: Whole Foods Market, a high-end grocery specializing in “organic” food and other rarefied tastes, has been acquired by the online clearinghouse Amazon, a ruthlessly efficient deliverer of goods that also offer a discounted service for people who used food stamps. Whole Foods is a favorite of a certain species of well-heeled urban progressive, but its founder and chief executive, John Mackey, is equal parts hippied and Ayn Rand character, a libertarian crusader who famously took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to denounce the so-called Affordable Care Act. Mackey describes himself as a practitioner of “conscious capitalism.” Amazon’s Jeff Bezos leans in a libertarian-ish direction as well. But the real testament to the philosophy of Mackey and Bezos isn’t their public statements — it is the businesses they have built, both of which have made the world a better place, one with many more possibilities. Call it “conscious capitalism” — or just call it capitalism.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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