Right-wing hippies are not that rare.

Are people like WholeFoods founder and CEO John Mackey really that rare? Many in the media seem to think so. Ever since Mackey published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal this summer, the press have been treating him as an anomaly.

Nick Paumgarten has a piece in The New Yorker about Mackey’s quirks, but the real issue seems to be more about the fact that Paumgarten — like so many others — doesn’t like to surrender his stereotypes.

The right-wing hippie is a rare bird, and it’s fair to say that most of Whole Foods’ shoppers have trouble conceiving of it.

But maybe it’s not quite as rare as Paumgarten thinks: Rod Dreher wrote about the morally conservative — particularly the orthodox Christian — “hippie” in his 2002 book Crunchy Cons. Since its publication, the movement has grown to encompass both conservative and libertarian “hippies.”

 

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Zoe Romanowsky is writer, consultant, and coach. Her articles have appeared in "Catholic Digest," "Faith & Family," "National Catholic Register," "Our Sunday Visitor," "Urbanite," "Baltimore Eats," and Godspy.com. Zo

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