WHOLE FOODS BOYCOTT IDEA HITTING THE INTERNET
Russell Mokhiber, Counterpunch - John Mackey is a right wing libertarian. He's a union buster. He believes that corporations should not be criminally prosecuted for their crimes. He has just launched a campaign to defeat a single payer national health insurance system. And he's the CEO of Whole Foods. . .
"We are all responsible for our own lives and our own health," Mackey wrote yesterday in the Wall Street Journal. "We should take that responsibility very seriously and use our freedom to make wise lifestyle choices that will protect our health. Doing so will enrich our lives and will help create a vibrant and sustainable American society."�
I do take that responsibility very seriously. I try to eat well. And exercise regularly. I also take my responsibility as a citizen seriously. . .
That's why, today, we are calling on all American citizens to boycott Whole Foods. Why? Because Mackey has launched a public campaign to defeat single payer national health insurance.
This despite the bottom line reality that single payer is the only way to both control health care costs and cover everyone. . .
The problem with Mackey;s campaign is that it results in the deaths of 60 Americans every day due to lack of health insurance. . .
And we are responsible for putting money into his Whole Food bank account so that he can continue his campaign without resistance. . .
So, please, join the Single Payer Action Boycott of Whole Foods.. . . Don't spend another penny at Whole Foods until John Mackey and his right wing friends are defeated.
Tremayne, Open Left - The CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods has written a WSJ editorial attacking the still-in-the-works Obama health care plan in favor of less regulation on the insurance industry and downsizing Medicare. Here's one blogger's take: "Not very smart for a company that depends almost entirely on wealthy Democrats who are willing to pay five dollars for a six ounce carrot soda. Come on, you can do it, boycott them for at least a week and discover how much money you can save at Trader Joe's."
Actually, I think this is a great idea. A stupendous idea. Here's why:
- Pretty much the only way to get the attention of corporate fat cats and the Senators and House members they own is to hit them in the pocket book. Remember when Sinclair Broadcasting was planning to air the anti-John Kerry "documentary" in 2004? The "sell Sinclair stock" meme was born and spread through the tubes and the stock started going down. Soon, plans for airing the documentary "changed." If a boycott of Whole Foods plan spreads, even if it is targeted for, say, the rest of August, they will notice. Similarly, a sell Whole Foods stock might also be effective.
- My impression is that the customers of Whole Foods are left-leaning. If true, a boycott by even a quarter of Democratic customers would have a major impact.
- While Whole Foods used to be a regional operation, it has now spread to 39 states. There are 3 locations in DC, 8 in
- If such a plan works, if the stock falls for example, the press will pick up on it and it will spread.
- If the plan works it will be another example to corporate
- It's a good opportunity to seek out local alternative sources for the stuff you might normally buy at Whole Foods. Farmers markets, etc. If you go to Whole Foods and stock up on essentials in anticipation of the boycott, it's not really going to hurt them is it?
There are downsides. For example, the people who work at Whole Foods could be negatively affected. That may argue for a time-specific boycott, or, alternatively, a stock-selling plan.