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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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Subj:    Whitney MacMillan Msg
Date:    11/3/2003  11:16:08 AM Easter Standard Time

Hi Ray:

Flying back from Washington, D.C. recently I found the peace and quiet
and time to read your Chapter 10.  It’s a superbly laid out program
based on deep philosophic roots and common sense.  I hope it’s not too
esoteric for the average reader.

I share all your views about the need for democratic capitalism over
financial capitalism.  As you know, Cargill did an ESOP upon my
retirement.  This allowed illiquid shareholders a change to exit their
investment  while allowing the company to stay private.  My understanding is that current management is considering a second ESOP in the near future.

I also agree with your rationale toward short-term “it is” and the misallocation of resources through the float of the dollar and ERISA.  However, I have great difficulty being optimistic about the United Nations.  The governance of the organization did not anticipate the complications of 191 members (mostly equal).  In my view it’s impossible to lead the existing multilateral institutions out of their morass.  It might be possible to force them into reforming by withholding funding.

How is the publishing date coming?


    Whitney   (MacMillan)

(dictated but not read)

Sent By:
Mary Kindseth
Cargill, Incorporated

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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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Owen decentralized to the work station and let the workers run their jobs. This was the key to motivate the workers to produce and innovate more. It required a management that understood the philosophy and were trained and motivated in it themselves. The Mercantile philosophy, however, was still one of maximizing profits by suppressing wages and benefits. In contrast, Owen's capitalism added worker income that was spent to the benefit of economic growth called the "multiplier effect".

Owen understood that the "intellectual" community demeaned his proposals. Early in the 19th century Owen had demonstrated the capitalism in which capital and labor were synergistic.Owen also identified the intellectual negative attitude towards capitalism that continues to the present.

This is still the challenge to the intellectual community to study the alternatives in capitalism in order to promote the one that maximizes the amount of wealth and distributes it broadly.

Owen joined the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society. Its members were the elite of the town whose manners had been acquired in respected schools. In their company Owen never forgot his origins: 

I was yet but an ill-educated awkward youth, strongly sensitive to my defects of education, speaking ungrammatically, a kind of Welsh-English …I felt the possession of ideas superior to my power of expressing them, and this always embarrassed me with strangers, and especially when in the company of those who had been systemically...

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