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Capitalism,  The Way to a World of Peace and Plenty
by Ray Carey

Hard/Softcover/Kindle - 5 May, 2004, Available on

Ray Carey presents the theory and practice of democratic capitalism by coupling his experience with a synthesis of the thought of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Stuart Mill.  The empirical evidence is clear: democratic capitalistic companies produce superior results, and nations that support economic freedom and keep money neutral improve the lives of their people.

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Stop Economic Cannibalism!

That capitalism, whose mission is making money on money, rather than job growth, now dominates the American economy because of the stock market’s power to richly reward or severely punish companies based on small changes in quarterly earnings per share (e.p.s.). Enormous stock options are the coupling device between the stock market and CEOs that results in a feeding frenzy in compensation, sacrifice of profitable, long-term growth programs for short-term earnings, and the “downsizing” of millions of workers, treated as disposable cost commodities.

The solution to this economic cannibalism is deceptively simple. Wage earners should demand that money managers change the way companies are measured from short-term earnings per share to a three-year running average of sales growth, profits, and cash flow, compared to managements’ predictions. Accountability for sales shifts attention to long-term growth; and focus on cash flow against predictions assures integrity in the numbers. For example, this cash flow discipline would have identified the cancer at Enron early enough to minimize the damage to jobs and pensions.

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Ray Carey learned through managing companies for 33 years how to change the work culture to provide employees with their best opportunities to develop and contribute. This experience began as a 28 year old plant manager and later president of an electric motor company, and concluded with eighteen years as president , chairman, and CEO of ADT, Inc.

See Carey's autobiography of his work career in chapter two of his first book,

Democratic Capitalism, The Way to a World of Peace and Plenty.

For more information about Ray Carey and his advocacy of democratic capitalism, visit the pages of this website.

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Democratic Capitalism: The Way to a World of Peace and Plenty

Capitalism produces wealth from market freedom and competition, democratic capitalism maximizes wealth from worker participation. Their sharing in the improvement sustains motivation and adds consumer income that increases economic growth. The value system is trust and co-operation, the impediments are mal-distribution of wealth and violence among nations and people.

Surplus wealth was built by firing workers engaged in growth programs and by not increasing wages for productivity gains. Corporations avoiding taxes left $6 trillion of this surplus sitting in foreign accounts. The distribution of this surplus depends on a critical Board decision. It should be returned to the workers in wages, dividends, and profit sharing that add to economic growth, but managers influence Boards to repurchase shares to hype the value of options while hurting economic growth.

The workers are now capitalists through their pension funding, but they are not yet organized to influence policy. Finance capitalism continues to dominate the economy and influence politicians. Reformers who should correct this capitalist perversion do not understand wealth production from democratic capitalism; instead they concentrate on the political structure that distributes wealth.

CCDC June 27, 2017

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