Skip to comments.The Heroic Businessman?
Posted on 02/08/2013 11:11:15 AM PST by eagleye85
In the current economic climate, politicians and interest groups have encouraged the public to view businesses, especially corporations, as exploitative entities taking advantage of human suffering and even engineering the Great Recession. Thus, increased government intervention is necessary to tame the marketplace. Some consider the recent re-election of President Obama a vindication of this perspective.
John Mackey, Co-CEO of Whole Foods, courageously shares an opposing view in his latest book, Conscious Capitalism, co-authored by Rajendra Sisodia. We paint business for what it truly is: heroic, said Mackey at a recent Cato event. Business is the greatest value creator in the world. As our economic freedom decreases, so too does our prosperity, he said.
America is fundamentally in decline, he argued, and thats because our economic freedoms are being taken away. Were in decline, and were in decline because our economic freedom is being systematically stripped, said Mackey. He cited Americas ever-dropping rank on the Economic Freedom Index.
..[T]he way I see it is the critics of business and capitalism dominate the narrative, argues Mackey. They put a narrative out there that business is fundamentally greedy and selfish and exploitative.
Mackey alluded to the sentiments outlined by Timothy P. Carney in his book Obamanomics. Businesspeople arent necessarily corrupt, but government growth causes rent-seeking and crony capitalism to occur, argues Carney. Thats part of the reason the narratives been, people dont support capitalism to the degree they did because they mistake crony capitalism for free enterprise capitalism: they associate businesspeople with corruption, argued Mackey at Cato.
However, many individuals often dont care or think about government intrusions on their freedom. Most people, theyre not paying attention to this stuff, and thats unfortunate, because theyre the ones that are going to be harmed the most in the long term, said Mackey. [T]heyre the ones that are going to be unemployed, theyre the ones that get more and more dependent on government. So, its a difficult situation but thats where we find ourselves.
Mackey also recently appeared on the Glenn Beck show. You can read more at The Blaze.
A businessman can be heroic but corporations are so money hungry that they ship jobs once done by Americans to elsewhere in the work. They put money before country and that’s not heroic.
You sound like a labor union leader or a tax raising politician.
“They put money before country and thats not heroic.”
What would putting country before money look like?
A coroporation is nothing but a group of people who are associating for a given purpose - usually to make a profit. It’s not the corporation that would, as you say, put money before country, but the people. It’s the people that you are accusing.