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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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May 30, 1995

Dear Ray,

I’ve been busy lately and the easiest thing for me to put off is letter writing.  I have been meaning to write you since finishing your book, Democratic Capitalism.  In my forty-two year corporate career, I always thought of myself as a capitalist but hated to say so for fear of being classed with the “Wall Streeters”.  Now you’ve so clearly articulated the difference between democratic capitalism and financial capitalism, That I see that my philosophy of operating companies was close to that of a democratic capitalist.

In running the divisions of two major corporations and then as the C.E.O. of a NYSE company, C.R. Bard, Inc., I always believed in what we liked to call participative management.  To a great extent we were practicing democratic capitalism.  I always believed that if the press and politicians could see how the best corporations were managed, and not compare them with the financial institutions of Wall Street, we would not only get better treatment, but, more importantly get their endorsement.

Now your book has clearly defined democratic capitalism and, for the first time I believe, shown how beneficial to the nation as whole the expansion of it can be.  I hope you can get the book into the right hands so that the political and economic thinkers in the country can start to give serious consideration to changing how we approach our social and economic challenges through emphasis on democratic capitalism.

You’re a much deeper thinker than I so I also thank you for positioning the thinking of Thomas Jefferson, Adam Smith, Robert Owens et al in a context that shows how right are the practicing democratic capitalists of todayin believing that good business practice can produce good living as well as good profits.

If I can be of any help to you, please let me know.

Kindest regards,

Robert H. McCaffrey

Ray CareyRay Carey

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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