I once thought of myself as having a libertarian streak, but if it means that my views are aligned with those of Robert Thatcher and John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, then I probably do not [“Wholly Satisfied with Whole Foods,” May 4 Xpress].
To say that there is no political consensus on global warming would be a correct statement, but to say that there is no scientific [consensus] is just ignorant. It's not hard to find the facts. For example, more than 90 percent of climate scientists agree with the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Perhaps Thatcher should check this out with scientists rather than with CEOs of corporations.
A viewpoint opposite to the scientific consensus — as is John Mackey's — is not courageous, but merely stupid and obstinate. His pronouncement that no one has an "intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter" seems contrary to the Declaration of Independence, that people have “unalienable rights” to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (it's pretty hard to be happy without food), or to the Constitution's assertion that the proper role of government is to provide for the general welfare. If it's unfettered capitalism that you want, then Somalia is where you need to be — no pesky government regulations there.
Me, I'm not that big on governmental control of social behavior that doesn't harm any bystanders, but I do believe that capitalism is more than a sheep and two wolves voting on what's for dinner. Using the free market (the profit motive) as the sole guide to a better society is way too Ayn Randish and social Darwinistic for me. No society in history has ever survived under that governing philosophy, and I don't think that stupid ideas deserve equal consideration, even when they are popular.
— Glen Reese