Check out this interesting op-ed describing an emerging voting bloc called “Whole Foods Republicans”. The term is used to describe Republicans who are
independent-minded voters who embrace a progressive lifestyle but not progressive politics. These highly-educated indiividuals appreciate diversity and would never tell racist or homophobic jokes; they like living in walkable urban environments; they believe in environmental stewardship, community service and a spirit of inclusion. And yes, many shop at Whole Foods, which has become a symbol of progressive affluence but is also a good example of the free enterprise system at work. (Not to mention that its founder is a well-known libertarian who took to these pages to excoriate ObamaCare as inimical to market principles.)
I don’t like Whole Foods very much, but I do find the description he gives to be appealing. Maybe someday I’ll label myself a “Whole Foods Republican”.
The writer was actually my boss this summer at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education think tank that had nothing to do with Whole Foods-themed activities.