Whole Foods CEO: Socialists Are ‘Taking Over Everything’

Although the Whole Foods supermarket chain has long been a darling of progressives, its exiting CEO John Mackey is concerned about the rising influence of the far left. He expressed his apprehension during a recent podcast interview as he plans to step down from his current position at the end of the month.

“My concern is that I feel like socialists are taking over,” he said, asserting that adherents to the ideology are “marching through the institutions” and conquering everything in their path.

Specifically, he suggested that socialism has begun to assert its dominance in the realms of education, business, and the military.

“And it’s just continuing,” Mackey added.

For his part, he said that his “twin values” are “liberty and capitalism” and both appear to be facing increased attack.

“I feel like, you know, with the way freedom of speech is today, the movement on gun control, a lot of the liberties that I’ve taken for granted most of my life, I think, are under threat,” he said.

In a separate interview this week, Mackey weighed in on the deleterious impact of Environmental, Social, and Governance policies that seek to hold businesses to strict environmental and diversity standards. He stressed the fundamental difference between his support of so-called conscious capitalism and the mandates that many modern leftist seek to place on private corporations.

“It’s very hard to sell people on, ‘Hey, your job at Whole Foods is to make as much money for the shareholders as possible,'” he said in defense of his position. “That’s not aspirational, and every business has potential for a higher purpose besides maximizing profits.”

On the other hand, he said that ESG “is basically not a management philosophy” and its adherents want “to force certain political values down the throats of all businesses, their own values, their own personal values that they believe should be done.”

While the chief executive seems to be more outspoken as his tenure comes to an end, he has expressed similar opinions in the past.

About two years ago, he referred to socialism as “trickle-up poverty” and asserted that it “just impoverishes everything.”

As he approaches retirement, however, Mackey made it clear that he is “no longer muzzled” when it comes to his personal beliefs.