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


CCDC #152

The attached selection from Chapter 10 of my book Democratic Capitalism describes how civil society is divided between those motivated by trust and cooperation and those who use force for their purposes. War is the inevitable result of those depending on force and a record number of 160 million were killed during the 20th century, mostly non-military. Conversely the Economist (9/15/18) reports that during the last 175 years life expectancy has risen from under 30 to over 70; people living below the poverty line have fallen from about 80% to 8%, and literacy rates are up more than five times to over 80%.

The greatest improvement has been since WW II led by the United States who helped bring Germany and Japan back into the circle of trust and cooperation. This momentum has now been reversed by the "America first" mandate of President Trump. It is no surprise that John Bolton an opponent of trust and cooperation is now seen at Trump's side.

Damage has been done to NAFTA, climate change; and allies like Canada but American world leadership.can be restored by electing a leader who understands the benefits of democracy and capitalism. Send your address if you want a no charge copy of Democratic Capitalism,The Way to a World of Peace and Plenty.

Ray Carey

 

Excerpt from CHAPTER 10
The Way to a World of Peace and Plenty

Why is the world so full of misery and violence when an economic system is available that can eliminate both? If humans seek to be free of want, fear, and oppression, why do they not adopt the system that has demonstrated its capacity to satisfy these needs? Why do humans not use their unique rational abilities to understand this opportunity for freedoms, and then use their democratic power to put it in place? These hard questions led to the philosophers’ query of whether history has a direction.

Pondering these questions led me to this overview of history: Ever since humans moved from being hunter-gatherers to being farmers and city-builders, we have demonstrated that trust and cooperation improve performance and generate the good feelings that foster social cohesion. Division of labor in a cooperative, trusting way, and present effort for future benefits, became civilized habits. Humans also found, however, that beyond the circle of rational social behavior, the violent have ever been ready to take away what human reason had produced.

Within the circle of trust and cooperation, people have knowledge of their neighbors and their circumstances; beyond the circle, relationships are dominated by a lack of knowledge that produces fear, suspicion, and frequently violence. Outside the circle of common purpose, people grab at and hold all they can get, and they build up political structures and armies to protect the wealth they have amassed and to gain more. From ancient empires, to the rise of the warrior state in the 16th century, to the world of weapons of mass destruction in which we live today, violence on a more massive scale, with more technologically sophisticated fire power, has continued to limit the growth of the circle of trust and cooperation among people trying to be free of want, fear, and oppression.

In the outside circle, the predatory bands were comfortable with the use of force, intimidation, and violence. They would regularly demonstrate quicker success, whether military or commercial, merely by taking what they wanted rather than by producing it. For this reason, defectors from the circle of trust and cooperation would occasionally join the predators in pursuit of short-term results. This defection continues because the distinction between visible short-term gain and longer-term expectation of gain requires a high-quality reasoning process as well as patience and discipline.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the revolutionary technology of the Information Age has moved us one giant step farther. Now, either the circle of economic common purpose can expand to encompass the whole world or the predators can use our new powers to commit unprecedented folly and violence. At this same time, various types of political societies—mature economies, emerging economies, democratic governments, and authoritarian regimes—all demonstrated their ability to take advantage of the superior capacity of economic freedom to improve lives. Reason might well expect, then, that the circle of trust and cooperation would become worldwide, and that the competing circles of folly and violence would recede. It has not worked that way as yet, however; so my studies led me to dig deeper into history.

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.