Time to Picket Whole Foods?

Making Whole Foods hurt where it lives will probably require some picketing — wouldn’t it nice if the White House had an operation devoted to organizing communities on his behalf?

Here’s something for those of us stuck in Deep Blue states to do: not only boycott Whole Foods, but start picketing the stores to reduce purchasing.

Like Mark, I’ve stopped shopping at Whole Foods given its CEO’s “astonishingly disingenuous” WSJ op-ed last week, and his seeming desire to be part of the anti-health insurance reform movement. But this is still inside-the-blogosphere stuff. At a Quaker meeting I attend every Sunday — a meeting filled with well-informed progressive folks — most people had not heard about the boycott when I talked about it during announcements. Pickets would get the news out faster.

And who might organize these pickets? Certainly not a pointy-head like myself: how about, say, a national movement theoretically designed to organize people in favor of the President’s agenda? It’s now been more than two weeks since I signed up to attend an event in my area, and gave OFA some money to assist in their efforts. I haven’t heard a peep from them. Anybody home?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com