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    1. My daughter has worked for whole foods for over 10 years. Just WHAT are you insinuating about her? Is she dishonest? Does she not work hard? The only thing I can figure out is that you are saying that she has
      not sold here soul to the powers of organized labor? Is that it?

      1. So you hate unions. Sounds like you should apply for a Whole Foods management job. Mackey will love you. As for being dishonest, how would we know whether your daughter is honest or dishonest. Generally Whole Foods staff in Seattle are wonderful. They’re victims of the disgusting behavior & attitudes of their CEO.

        1. I don’t hate ANY group whose membership is VOLUNTARY, unless its purpose is to extort money from property owners or conscripted members. That, pretty much defines “UNIONS”!

          I don’t NEED a management job, from Mackey, or anyone else! I have been in management for well over half my life. I even owned MY OWN business for 6 years. You should TRY it, if you think it is so easy and cushy. It is a VERY educational experience. EXPENSIVE, but educational!

          IF, as you claim, employees are victims of their Corporate owners, WHY would you approve of the derogatory term “scab” for such employees?

          1. So that must mean you hate your religion, your country, even your species since membership in them is mandatory and not voluntary.

            Unions serve a critical role in society. You’ve never had to rely on one to maintain your livelihood and job prospects. You’re clearly a member of the 1%. I don’t expect respect or sympathy for hard-working honest union members from the likes of you. One quality you lack is the ability to empathize with those who are not members of your class. I find your level of prejudice and political sloganeering to be distasteful.

          2. It must be very frightening for you to alone under your skin; without your religion, your country and the illusion of tribal self-esteem that you obviously require. I on the other hand am a self-contained individual living as my mind deems appropriate, i.e. without paying homage to any man nor requiring such of others.

            As far as being among the 1% (depending on WHICH 1% you’re referring to). I currently live on social security and the income of a part time job were I make $15.00/hour. But you are right, I have NEVER had to depend on membership in any collective to make ends meet. NOR, for that matter, have you or your union member friends.

            They MAY however, have convinced themselves that union membership is necessary for them to attain the level of income that they “FEEL” is befitting them. They ALL have a greater income than I, but whereas I have never resorted to force or fraud to earn more than what the “free market” allows me; I DO consider myself of a superior “class”; that of self-respecting individualist. I do not empathize with a group of wolves and a lone sheep deciding what to have for dinner. —- Social-democracy in action!

          3. @Dave Terry: That’s a truly weird locution to be “alone under your skin.” I think I know what you were trying to say–sort of.

            So you have no allegiance to country, God or anything else. You’re just a contemporary version of Ayn Rand. A regular Thoreau in the woods. How admirable.

            So you claim you’ve owned your own business with extensive management experience, yet you now live on social security & a barely living wage. Something happened, I guess. Or perhaps you change your argument depending on what’s said to you.

            Unions by definition are collectives which work for the betterment of the whole. Which is something you’d know if you grew up in Detroit in the 1930s or if you grew up in millions of households which attained middle class status thanks to the achievements of unions.

            I’m getting tired of this and your sour disposition. So you’re done dissing unions. Move on to another thread if you choose. THis thread is closed to you.

          4. Re: “alone under the skin”, most of us share our skins with bacteria (normal flora).
            we can’t get along without them!

  1. Why did he talk at all? Is he a blogger (as Richard and I and many of us are) whose opinions are his most visible and valuable product? (No.)

    Food prices as a declining proportion of income? Maybe at the level of TOTAL NATIONAL INCOME, but if you look only at the bottom 20% of income, I think you’ll find food spending rising. I know, I know, these valuable folks are not likely to be customers at WF, so he doesn’t know and doesn’t care about them.

    As to competition, it is the buzz that new Whole Foods stores made a practice of forcing local competitors out of business with low introductory prices, soon corrected after the competition was no more. However, I have not found this on internet.

    1. You’re quite right that food prices are increasing as a proportion of income for the bottom 20%, but with drought affecting large parts of the US Harvest and the oscillation between drought and flood wrecking many European harvests altogether, it wouldn’t surprise me if it became true for the bottom 40% of wage earners by the end of this year.

  2. Youtube has pulled an undercover ‘Organic Spies’ video questioning Whole Foods employees as to whether or not any of the products within Whole Foods contained GMO ingredients. Created to show how even the employees themselves are misinformed (or even dishonest) about the very real presence of Monsanto’s GMOs in a store like Whole Foods that is supposed to promote health and wellness, the Organic Spies video received over 100,000 views in a few short days.


  3. This sounds very suspiciously like a manufactured scandal perhaps initiated by Whole Foods competitor? The only thing else I would add is CEOs of corporations should learn to keep their political opinions to themselves.

    1. I see, people who have invested their lives and fortunes in an enterprise and who depend on the success of that enterprise, should “keep their political opinions to themselves”. BUT Union bosses, who have no financial interest in the success of that enterprise can speak volumes AND contribute $millions (of other peoples money) to their socialist politicians. Simple! I get it!

      1. My comment rules insist on factual statements and that opinions be supported by facts and evidence. Calling politicians “socialist” is a violation of my comment rules unless you can prove that statement (which you can’t). I don’t permit this sort of sloppy argument. You are warned that you’ve violated comment rules and future comments will be evaluated carefully to determine you respect the rules, which you must read.

  4. It’s more offensive because of the association between Fascism and Nazism, but it is correct to say that in that kind of corporate state, the state controls rather than owns the means of production. (Nazism was different partly because the shareholders of the cartels which did own the means of production, had more than a little control over the Nazi state. If Herman Goering is one of your ministers, he’s going to control the means of production as a minister and own it when he gets home and counts his share certificates.)

    A less contentious fascist leader than Hitler, Peron, say, might still impose a structure on how the rich and powerful owned the means of production. In fact, Peron ended up with far more control than Hitler, because he forcibly merged companies to produce big combines owning whole industries, and at the same time he limited trades union membership for workers in those industries to an officially-approved union for each key industry sector. (Mubarak did something along those lines with the Egyptian cotton industry, I believe.) The state didn’t exactly own anything, but it did control it. And Argentina went from being the world’s richest country to being one of the most bankrupt during the course of Peron’s long and distinguished political career.

    Obama’s health care reforms arguably don’t affect a means of production. But if you see the methodology in completely unemotional terms and ignore all the associations triggered by certain words, and treat them solely according to their literal meaning, Obamacare more or less is what you’d have got if you’d set Colonel Juan Peron the same task. That is: it’s an attempt to have socialist organization without upsetting (or beheading) the rich and powerful, which is the basic Fascist mission statement. Indeed, even with the Nazis, Himmler’s early speeches on Nazi ideology were incautious enough to let slip that it was “very nearly Leninism” and this went down so much like a lead balloon that the racial and mythical creed which we all associate with Nazism, had to be rapidly invented to save the party from oblivion.

    It’s rather ironic, that America is in fact taking a two-pronged path towards Fascism, because many of Obama’s rich liberal supporters, if not the man himself, do see his administration as a way of imposing their own ideals of social organization on a less than willing nation, whilst the neo-con opponents are essentially using the same mechanisms to impose their own ideals on a nation which is no more enthusiastic about traveling to that extreme.

    America doesn’t really have a struggle between left and right: it’s got a struggle between Obama’s neo-peronists and the likes of Donald Trump and Sheldon Adelson, who wouldn’t put a Hitler in the Whitehouse but who would stick an Americanized Herman Goering or an Albert Speer in there without a second thought.

    I am not optimistic about America’s future. Nor am I optimistic about Britain’s future, because I’ve realized that the consensus between all three “main” political parties on Europe exists solely because they see the EU as the best available mechanism for politicians to have control of every damn’ thing. Despite the bewildering variety of political parties and ideologies in Israel, the way the country actually functions underneath all the political infighting and confusion is 100% Peronist. Egypt has effectively been a Peronist state up till now, too, in that the country’s main industry has been run along Peronist lines even if farmers and shopkeepers have been left to their own devices.

  5. I worked at Whole Foods many years ago. They didn’t treat me well. Since then I’ve heard that the management at that store changed completely, but all I know is I didn’t feel like a valued employee during the time I was there. I felt like a punching bag.

  6. So why does the US not have the daily farmers’ markets most countries (developed or developing) have? I don’t need Whole Foods if I can buy my veggies directly from a grower.

      1. Once a week, in one or two locations, in my experience, and it’s quite hard to get permisison to set up a stall. If NPR, 15 or so years ago, is correct, local Safeways, Krogers’, etc., spread around campaign donations, and get local zoning ordinances severely restricting competition.

        I’ve seen daily fresh veggie markets in NE China, with a climate like that of Minnesota. The local farmers build greenhouses and have a cash income from veggies throughout the year. Every neighborhood has a market.

      1. And you majored in Hebrew Literature! How does that make you any more of an philosopher than Rand?
        Ironically, outside of philosophical beliefs, you have many similarities to Rand. She TOO was a self-obsessed, self-righteous pontificator who brooked no dissent OR disagreement in her quarter.

        1. I never said I was a philosopher, and literature is not philosophy.

          As for the insults, the next time you wander into off-topic territory that violates comment rules, you won’t be commenting here any longer.

          1. So, WHAT’s off topic. You were discussing Rand and Philosophy, Nothing was mentioned about Trade Unions or semi-automatic rifles. Do I REALLY have to pretend I respect your overbearing nature to participate in YOUR Blog?

          2. Off-topic are comments on your personal opinions about me or my personality. You don’t have to pretend anything. But keep yr opinions on what type of person I am to yourself. No one is interested except you. And I don’t like people talking to themselves here.

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