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Conscientious Equity: An American Entrepreneur's Solutions to the World's Greatest Problems
     

Conscientious Equity: An American Entrepreneur's Solutions to the World's Greatest Problems

by N. Asbury
 
Neal Asbury argues that moving away from intransigent political ideologies and toward a world driven by international commerce allows us to address and in fact solve economic instability, the destruction of the environment, crushing poverty, and crippling corruption all over the planet.

Overview

Neal Asbury argues that moving away from intransigent political ideologies and toward a world driven by international commerce allows us to address and in fact solve economic instability, the destruction of the environment, crushing poverty, and crippling corruption all over the planet.

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Publishers Weekly
In his first book, Asbury, a self-described dreamer, outlines his biggest dream: as a palliative to the trade imbalances between the U.S. and its trading partners, a system by which both trade parties are served equally, and the environmental impact, labor protection, and mutual economic benefits are all addressed. Arguing that the U.S. would be better served by instituting these accords country-by-country rather than at the behest of the WTO, Asbury makes a compelling case for a comprehensive restructuring of our national trade policy. It's an awful big ask, as Asbury himself admits, that would require immense political courage and extremely unlikely bipartisan consensus. Asbury is at his most engaging when recounting his stories as an entrepreneur in Southeast Asia and the Arabian Peninsula, and he clearly cares deeply about poverty and corruption (and the link between them), but he falls short by advocating his proposal as a one-size-fits-all solution, placing too much faith in the notion that it could democratize even the most despotic of governments. Ultimately he admits that "even Conscientious Equity will not quickly overcome long- and fast-held beliefs," but his failure to address such massive challenges undercuts his optimism. (Nov.)
From the Publisher

"Neal Asbury, a South Florida entrepreneur and international trader, is a man with a mission. . .Now he has written a book, Conscientious Equity: An American Entrepreneur s Solutions to the World s Greatest Problems. He proposes a new way of conducting international business and presents his Conscientious Equity Accord, which he says will go a long way toward addressing economic instability, poverty, environmental devastation and corruption around the world." - Miami Herald

"Asbury writes about the tremendous potential of free and fair trade to lift us to greater prosperity. He makes the case for expanding free trade relationships to China, India and other rising economies of the world before the train leaves the station. Conscientious Equity is written from the hands-on perspective of an American businessman who has been in the trenches of owning and operating his own business in the Philippines where I first met Neal when I was US Ambassador. This is a valuable contribution to our discussion about how to get economies, including our own, going again." - John D. Negroponte, Yale University, Former United States Deputy Secretary of State

"Neal Asbury is an original thinker about theproblems and opportunities that America faces in an epoch of globalization. A visionary entrepreneur, he offers a clear and realistic assessment of thechallenges facing firms and policymakersregardinginternational trade today, as well as creative solutions that could allow the United States toretain its competitive strength in the face ofChinese competition and a wayward WTO.This book is a fierce retort to Pollyannas and protectionists alike, and should be required reading for every Member of Congress voting on future trade agreements." - Honorable Philip English, member, House Ways and Means Committee

"Neal Asbury s book takes a sledgehammer to conventional wisdom that it is a must-read for anyone trying to break out of the stereotypes that have helped create gridlock in our political system. Neal points his clear and entertaining prose at the myths about international trade - both that it is somehow free and fair, and that it runs in contrast to other goals, such as protecting the environment or lifting the standards of American workers. Neal makes a passionate argument for how to make international trade fair and free again, and to turn it back into a weapon in America s arsenal for battle in the global marketplace. Neal s is a voice to which Republicans, Democrats and Independents should listen." - William Antholis, Managing Director, Brookings Institution

"As a small business owner and manufacturer, the issues that Neal discusses in Conscientious Equity have very important implications for any small business. With seventy-five percent of the world s wealth and ninety-five percent of it's population residing outside the United States, having the same access to foreign markets as foreign manufacturers have to the American market would significantly increase our ability to grow and thus ensure job creation. A world with Conscientious Equity would usher in a new era of prosperity by unshackling the entrepreneurial spirit in all businesses." - Deron Lichte, President, Food Warming Equipment Co., Inc

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230108929
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Edition description:
2010
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Neal Asbury is the chief executive of The Legacy Companies. He was the 2008 recipient of the coveted United States National Champion Exporter of the Year Award. He has published more than 100 articles on global trade issues, and been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and LeMonde, and has appeared on network television nationally and internationally.

Each week, Asbury hosts “Neal Asbury's Truth for America,” a radio talk show that attracts a Who’s Who of political and business figures. Produced by Atlantic Radio Network, it is syndicated around the country, including such stations as 1500 AM (the #1 talk radio station in Washington DC); KDOW-1220 (San Francisco/San Jose); WZAB-AM 880 The Biz (Miami); WGKA-920 (Atlanta); KSEV (Houston); and KKOL-1300 (Seattle). “The Neal Asbury Show” is affiliated with Bloomberg Radio and CNBC and broadcasts from Coral Gables, Florida as well as Capitol Hill.

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