The part that interested me as a Libertarian is this:
Organic Lifestyle Magazine: You are very outspoken and not just about your business. We find this unusual in a CEO. What compels you to be so open and honest and forthright?
Mackey: Why is this unusual? In my opinion, honesty and forthrightness should be fundamental traits of those who run businesses. However, I believe there is too little honesty and openness in the world today.
Organic Lifestyle Magazine: You were a Democrat in the past but changed your views and are now a Libertarian. What changed your mind?
Mackey: Well the last time I voted for a Democrat for President was in 1976. I have almost always voted strictly libertarian since the 1976 election. Why? Because I believe in promoting “Free Markets and Free Minds” and the Libertarian Party comes closest to those values. The Democrats usually support free minds, but not free markets, while the Republicans usually support free markets, but not free minds.
Organic Lifestyle Magazine: You recently had some trouble with the FTC. We at the OLM are not real happy with the FTC or the FDA for many reasons, mainly because they protect big business at the cost of people’s health. Would you care to comment on this?
Mackey: Trouble is putting it lightly. Their continued, bizarre bullying for over a year after we completed the merger was a waste of time and money and it was a violation of our due process rights. Is Whole Foods a monopoly? The answer is obvious to everyone with common sense: “Of course not!” We are less than 10 percent of the organic foods market. No one is compelled to shop at any of our stores, and our competition is everywhere. Why would the government allow for such money and time-wasting when there are serious economic issues to deal with?