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Capitalists, Arise! by Peter Georgescu
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May 01, 2017 | ISBN 9781523082667

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2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards bronze medalist in the Business/Career/Sales category.

“Peter Georgescu has written a clear-eyed assessment about the drivers of key national challenges like income inequality and shrinking economic opportunity. He offers a number of thoughtful prescriptions for change, all aimed at the worthiest of goals—restoring the viability of the American Dream. I applaud and commend his efforts.”
—Roger W. Ferguson, President and CEO, TIAA; former Vice Chairman, US Federal Reserve System; and Chairman, The Conference Board

“In Capitalists Arise! Peter Georgescu has issued a challenge to America’s captains of business, industry, and finance to step forward and reclaim capitalism as a means of creating wealth and shared prosperity. Georgescu warns that without developing a more inclusive capitalism that generates broader opportunity and social mobility, we risk destroying our economy and even our democracy. Capitalists Arise! is a clarion call by a great American patriot and business leader written out of love for his country and his unwavering belief in our nation’s ideals of fairness, opportunity, and justice.”
—Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

“In Capitalists Arise! Peter Georgescu makes the case to his brethren business executives for investment in employees and the business drivers of innovation, productivity, and long-term value creation. It’s an essential call to action rooted in the imperative need for change and common sense.”
—Judith Samuelson, Executive Director, Business and Society Program, The Aspen Institute

“Georgescu pleads passionately and convincingly for a return to a form of capitalism that invests first and foremost in employees and R&D and sees itself as a partner in the work of building up the human family. To say that the publication of this visionary work is timely would be an understatement.”
—Rev. Joseph M. McShane, SJ, President, Fordham University

Capitalists Arise! is vivid and engaging, required reading for every corporate executive in our country, not to mention every shareholder. It lays out that paying employees more fairly and reinvesting in business growth would have an enormous salutary effect on the lives and well-being of America’s citizens. It will also lead to corporate success.”
—Ann Reynolds, Director, Abbott Laboratories, Humana, and Owens Corning, and former Chancellor, California State University system and The City University of New York

“In this valuable and well-written book, Peter Georgescu explores the erosion of the American Dream and the societal impacts of growing economic inequality. Fortunately, he is an optimist and presents a compelling case for what the private sector can do to simultaneously advance the interests of both workers and shareholders. Unlike many books about the future of our economy, this is one you should buy—and actually read.”
—Jason Grumet, President, Bipartisan Policy Center

“Peter Georgescu, one of America’s leading business thinkers, has issued a sharp warning to his fellow capitalists: they’ve become the unwitting enemy of the free-market system they claim to love. By elevating share prices over the welfare of the workers and consumers who buy their products, they’re in danger of driving our great, corporate profit-making engine into the ground. This book talks frankly to blinkered titans who have hijacked the system. To keep capitalism alive, he tells them, all Americans have to thrive.”
—Jane Bryant Quinn, author of How to Make Your Money Last

Capitalists Arise! highlights the perilous human cost of opportunity inequality and how it threatens the entire American system. Georgescu offers a critique of how the philosophy of shareholder primacy, since the 1980s, has contributed to shrinking opportunity for most Americans. Importantly, he points to solutions business and the nation need with great urgency.”
—Raymond D. Horton, Professor of Ethics and Governance, Columbia Business School

“Peter Georgescu is a great storyteller. In his new book he takes on one of the driving stories of our time—income inequality. He makes you not just understand but feel the consequences in human terms. And then he goes on to offer real-world solutions. This book will not just make you think; it will drive you to action.”
—Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather, and Board Member, General Electric, Blackstone Group, and Merck

Capitalists Arise! is a powerful call to action for the business community to address the rapid rise in inequalities of income, wealth, and opportunity witnessed over recent years. The work of the OECD has underlined, with greater clarity than ever before, the true nature of the threat posed by soaring inequalities to growth, political stability, and the very existence of our future prosperity. Business may have contributed to the problem, but it can also be a key part of the solution. Georgescu’s message is simple: business cannot serve one master alone—the shareholder. Rather, he asserts that, for its own benefit, the business community must treat their employees, their companies, and their communities more fairly. Inclusive growth is the only viable socioeconomic solution for our times. Capitalists Arise! is a must-read.”
—Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Capitalists Arise! is the most compelling book I have read about the disastrous effects of ever-widening income inequality in America since Charles Murray’s . . . Coming Apart. It offers compelling solutions for an America on the brink.” 
—Pamela Carlton, President, Springboard

Table Of Contents

Introduction 1

1. Capitalism on the Brink 5

2. The Dangerous Inequality 16

3. The Outcome of Inequality 26

4. The Perfect Storm 37

5. Shareholder Value Gets Lean and Mean 51

6. The Way Forward 71

7. Stakeholder Value Is Already Working 87

8. The Time to Act Is Now 105

Postscript 116

Notes 118

Bibliography 122

Acknowledgments 123

Index 124

About the Author 131

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