It is odd that a capitalist would turn against the system after getting rich. If I was rich, then I would simply spend my time getting richer, making useful products that help society and also me. Why would one want to pursue social agenda when there could be the thrill of making money? Being dirt poor one can only dream:
“The man who became a billionaire selling sporting equipment and athletic clothing claims that the system that made him rich is “destroying the planet” and that those who deny climate change — including President Donald Trump — are “evil.” Yvon Chouinard started his business after deciding to make his own equipment for mountain climbing and eventually Patagonia was born. The high-end company has made him rich, but Chouinard has also always been an environmental activist and now a climate change zealot. In an interview with the Guardian, Chouinard, who lives in California, expressed his contempt for capitalism and his disdain for climate change “deniers.” “In his bridge-club cords and grandpa shoes, 80-year-old Yvon Chouinard doesn’t look the rock-star entrepreneur,” the Guardian reported. “And, when he speaks, he doesn’t sound much like one either. The founder of U.S. outdoor apparel brand Patagonia believes stock market valuations are ‘absurd.’ investing in shares is ‘buying blue sky’ – and modern-day capitalism is destroying the planet.