Conscious Capitalism book
John Mackey is the co-founder of Whole Foods Markets, which has grown from a single store in Austin, Texas in 1978 to a group of 343 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The Harvard Business Review Press has just published a book by John Mackey and co-author Raj Sisodia entitled Conscious Capitalism. Chapter 1 of the book is entitled "Capitalism: Marvelous, Misunderstood, Maligned," in which the following appears: "Business is good because it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange, it is noble because it can elevate our existence, and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity. Free-enterprise capitalism is one of the most powerful ideas we humans have ever had. But we can aspire to more." This brief blog post is not a book review, but rather an appreciation of the elegance of the foregoing quotation, which epitomizes some of the ideals expressed by Andrew Galambos and Jay Snelson in their lectures