I’ve been reluctant to talk much about the crazy op-ed the CEO of Whole Foods wrote in the Wall Street Journal trashing health care reform, because I’m not a boycotter, but I do tend to think that the board should shit-can him ASAP. People can yak about free speech, but when you’re a CEO part of your job is not pissing off your customers. The same goes for Larry Summers at Harvard, of course.
Here’s Matt Yglesias:
At any rate, very few businesses go as far as Whole Foods in marketing their products specifically as part of a quasi-politicized left-wing lifestyle and few CEOs go as far as Mackey in public advocacy of political views that are only tangentially related to his business. If Whole Foods shareholders were to start to wonder whether having their corporate brand dragged into the health care debate is really a smart use of their assets, I would call that a good thing.