Young people don’t want to work

  • In a recent podcast, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said socialism is taking over the United States.
  • Mackey also expressed concern that young people “don’t seem to want to work”.
  • The co-founder leaves the channel in September and says he feels more free to express his opinions.

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said he feared “socialists are taking over” in the United States and young people “don’t seem to want to work”.

The supermarket chain’s co-founder made the claims in a podcast that was released Wednesday with Reason Magazine, a libertarian monthly publication.

“They’re marching through institutions,” Mackey said in the interview in response to questions about the labor shortage and the pandemic’s impact on Whole Foods.

“They’re taking over everything. Looks like they’ve taken over a lot of corporations. Looks like they’ve taken over the military. And it goes on. You know, I’m a capitalist in the soul, and I believe in freedom and capitalism. Those are my twin values. And I feel like, you know, with the way free speech is today, the gun control movement on fire, a lot of freedoms that I’ve taken for granted most of the time my life, I think, is under threat.”

Spokespersons for Whole Foods and its parent company, Amazon, did not respond to a request for comment before publication.

The 68-year-old attributes much of the political and social change in the United States to the younger generation.

“I feel like I’ve become my father,” he said. “I don’t understand the younger generation.

The CEO said Whole Foods had struggled to recruit new workers since the start of the pandemic, even as the chain increased wages. Mackey attributed the labor shortage to COVID-19 unemployment benefits and said the company had more difficulty recruiting in “more liberal cities” like New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco.

“Young people aren’t quick to work because they want meaningful work,” Mackey told Reason Magazine. “You can’t expect to start with meaningful work. You’re going to have to earn it over time.”

Over the past few years, Whole Foods and its parent company Amazon have repeatedly been accused of breaking unions. In 2020, Hayley Peterson of Insider reported that the grocery chain had created a heatmap to track stores that were at risk of unionizing.

Mackey is one of many to say that people don’t want to work anymore. Earlier this year, Kim Kardashian sparked a backlash when she said, “It seems like no one wants to work these days.” It’s been an all-too-common refrain since the start of the pandemic, but the perception had existed for decades.

An expert previously told Insider that the idea that younger generations are lazier and more authoritative is just another “generational effect” or form of “back to my time.”

Mackey, who says he believes in “conscious capitalism” – a business philosophy that says companies should operate ethically and serve everyone’s interests instead of just the interests of the company – said he felt comfortable sharing his thoughts as he will be leaving the brand on September 1. after 44 years in the business.

“I’ve muzzled myself since 2009,” Mackey said, referring to an op-ed he wrote for The Wall Street Journal 13 years ago in which he criticized Obamacare. The interview sparked a backlash and boycott from Whole Foods.

“My advice basically shut me down. It’s like a father, they started attacking the kid and I was intimidated enough to shut up,” Mackey added.

But, the CEO said that in six weeks he will be fully free to express his political views.

“I was saying to my management team, very soon you’re going to hear about ‘crazy John’ being unmuzzled, and you’re going to have to say, ‘We can’t stop John talking any longer,'” he said. Macky said.

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