And the winner is . . . Mark Kleiman. I suppose that much could be said about all of this business goes to show that dissent, in the eyes of some, is no longer patriotic, but never mind that for the moment. Instead, consider the following missive that Kleiman sent to Whole Foods:
Dear Mr. Mackey:
Your attempt to backpedal is even more dishonest than the original article, which is saying a lot. You didn’t mention the President by name? Marvelous! But you assigned the absurd label “socialism” to a plan that has no element nearly as “socialist” as the existing Medicare program.
I had no idea that the (many) dollars I spend at Whole Foods have been going to support reactionary ideology. Whole Foods is right across the street from me, while Ralph’s is half a mile away. I’ve been putting up with you overpriced and overhyped pseudo-organic nonsense for the sake of convenience. From now on, I’ll drive.
Up until now, Whole Foods had been a liberal fave. Now, all of the sudden, liberals like Kleiman have come to believe that they have been donating their dollars to “support reactionary ideology.” Even funnier: Given that before this little episode, Kleiman had been forsaking Ralph’s, which is only “half a mile away,” and does not burden its customers with the “overpriced and overhyped pseudo-organic nonsense” allegedly featured by Whole Foods, but didn’t shop there because he couldn’t be bothered to drive a mere half a mile, one can only conclude that Kleiman deserves to have gotten fleeced. Indeed, up until the publication of the editorial, Mackey probably could have sold Kleiman a bridge or six.
UPDATE: After mentioning that he had left a comment in response to this post at Whole Foods’ corporate blog, Kleiman writes that his comment is “‘awaiting moderation.’” What odds would you give it? The vast majority of comments posted seem to come from dittoheads.”
Whoever chose to bet that Whole Foods would publish Kleiman’s comment–Kleiman’s cynicism-for-show notwithstanding–wins.