Whole Foods CEO: ‘Capitalism Is the Greatest Creation Humanity Has Done for Social Cooperation’

In a photo made Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012, construction workers finish the parking lot of the soon-to-open Whole Foods Market in Boise, Idaho. Credit: AP

If you’ve been waiting for the CEO of a company to come out and not be ashamed of the capitalist system, then look no further than this post.

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey — author of the new book “Conscious Capitalism” — was on Glenn Beck’s radio program on Thursday and unashamedly endorsed capitalism in an interview that will have capitalists and libertarians standing up and applauding.

Just take a look at his opening statement [emphasis added]:

Capitalism is the greatest creation humanity has done for social cooperation. It has lifted humanity out of the dirt. In statistics we discovered when we researching the book, about 200 years ago when capitalism was created, 85% of the people alive lived on $1 a day. Toady, that number is 16%. Still too high, but capitalism is wiping out poverty across the world. 200 years ago illiteracy rates were 90%. Today, they are down to about 14%. 200 years ago the average lifespan was 30. Today it is 68 across the world, 78 in the States, almost 82 in Japan. This is due to business. This is due to capitalism. And it doesn’t get credit for it. Most of the time, business is portrayed by its enemies as selfish and greedy and exploitative, yet it’s the greatest value creator in the world.

And it only got more interesting from there. Watch the entire interview below:

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You can read the entire transcript over at GlennBeck.com.