At Whole Foods, Carrots, Rush and Tim McGraw
The grocery store that introduced us to Putumayo world music CDs is now carrying Rush’s steam punk classic. You can see it on the rack, right there next to Tim McGraw’s newest album, Two Lanes of Freedom.
It was probably just a matter of time before Whole Foods started carrying Rush. Not only is Whole Food founder John Mackey a bit of a libertarian, but he’s a libertarian who has actually read Ludwig Von Mises and Friedrich Hayek. That’s saying something. And apparently he has a soft spot for The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. No doubt he would have been one of the first to join John Galt in the Colorado mountains to start their capitalist utopia after Washington turned into a redistributionist bureaucracy in Ayn Rand’s big novel.
I looked up Mackey on Wikipedia and it says he was born in 1953, in fact just a week before Alex and two weeks after Geddy. He studied philosophy and religion at the University of Texas at Austin.
Given his interest in those subjects, it wouldn’t be surprsing if he found Clockwork Angels an interesting piece of music. After all, it can be taken as a kind of debunking of some religious and philosophical views. Neil has said it’s based on Voltaire’s Candide, which attacks the Christian views of Gottfriefd Leibniz, who posited the idea that ours must be the best of all possible worlds because God is perfect and therefore He can only create the best of all possible worlds. In effect, Voltaire is saying the same thing Woody Allen said about 200 years later, that if God exists He’s an underachiever at best.
In any case, Mackey is one of those businessmen who gets people riled up. He tends to attract critics and admirers in equal measure. I’ll leave that battle to others. As for me, anyone who sells Rush along with organic carrots can’t be all bad.—Rob Freedman, Rush Vault
Here’s a fun piece of satire on how Rush and other Canadians unleashed Ayn Rand on the United States in an effort to destabilize the country.