Gramma Jackie wrote:
...he put all his money in Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme and lost a small fortune. How smart was that?
I greatly admire John Robbins and have read "Diet for a New America" and "The New Good Life". In the latter book are many ideas for non-toxic cleaners and household products you can make yourself. As detailed in that book, he did not personally choose Madoff for his investments and in fact had never heard of the man until he learned all his life savings were gone. The choice of Madoff was made by a third party (I do not have the book in front of me).
John Robbins' talents lie elsewhere than in the world of investments and big money, even though that is his family background. He was the heir of Baskin-Robbins who renounced the enormous wealth and power that was his birthright, partly because he was troubled by the health implications of the product. You would go far to find his equal anywhere.
John Robbins has a thoughtfulness, integrity and beauty of spirit which are rare in this world. I am not sure what is gained by stereotyping him as a "hippy", or stereotyping hippies or the hippy era as negative. Many would disagree; regardless, JR is well deserving of accolades.