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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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Course 2:2

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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CCDC 11/15/2017

November 14, 1995
Diane Dunlap
Dean, Graduate School
Hamline University

Dear Dean Dunlap:

I was very happy to hear about the plans for the “Carey Center” at Hamline University. It has been a source of much frustration to me that business concepts which I have seen working and which I admire have so little visibility in academia.

Ray Carey was Chairman of the Board and CEO of ADT Security Systems Inc. when I joined their Engineering Department in 1973. My specialty was Microwave Transmission Systems, and my previous employers were Bendix Navigation & Control Division and IT&T Avionics Div. Working at ADT was very different from working at either Bendix or IT&T.

ADT had a charter which was taken seriously. We, the employee-associates, were entrusted...

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