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

Conscientious Equity

An American Entrepreneur's Solutions to the World's Greatest Problems

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Free enterprise and entrepreneurialism can be the driving force in creating a better world. Through his experience as a global entrepreneur, Neal Asbury has created a set of solutions to many of the world's problems that use entrepreneurialism and the American spirit to reach out into the unknown to generate a new kind of business transaction and interaction. Asbury calls this kind of bold and unprecedented way of conducting business "Conscientious Equity." Conscientious because it is the right thing to do, and equity because we all have ownership in doing the right thing.

In Conscientious Equity, 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. Asbury has been working as an international entrepreneur for nearly three decades, and he knows, perhaps better than anyone alive, how much of a boon the principles of Conscientious Equity could be to both America and all citizens of the world.

The core notion of Conscientious Equity is indeed a big idea whose time has come. The narrative introduces you to the people its philosophy will benefit the most---from Bong, a Filipino farmer whose corrupt government keeps him from earning a decent living, to E.T., a Vietnam vet who no longer lives in America yet still finds a way to serve the country he loves. Asbury's perspective is not an academic or journalistic one-it is the perspective of someone who intimately knows the world of which he writes.

Conscientious Equity presents a new paradigm for conducting business around the globe---and in so doing completely changes the conversation about the world's future.

Industry Reviews

"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

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Free Runs Both Waysp. 7
The Myth of Free Tradep. 11
NAFTA and the Dawn of the Age of American FTAsp. 13
The Financial Impactp. 19
Taking a Closer Look at Taxesp. 21
A Ship That Sailed Long Agop. 25
The Swinging Pendulum of American Tariffsp. 28
The One Piece of Legislation Responsible for All the World's Illsp. 31
Capitalism, Freedom,àand One Huge Oversightp. 33
Stopping the Pendulum Foreverp. 38
Taking Back the Keys to the Busp. 41
GATT and the Formation of the WTOp. 42
How Did We Get into This Mess?p. 44
The Halcyon Days of Section 301p. 46
Playing by the Rules when the Rules Don't Existp. 51
Poverty and Corruptionp. 57
Kings of the Corruptp. 59
Corruption in Other Parts of the Worldp. 65
Why the FCPA Isn't Workingp. 68
Conscientious Equity as a Curb to Corruptionp. 69
Ingenuity Is Not a Public Servicep. 73
Creative Licensesp. 74
Made in China-without Permissionp. 75
No One Holds the Patent on IP Theftp. 80
Allowing the Tenets of Conscientious Equity to Lead Us toward a Solutionp. 82
The Kind of Farm Aid Willie Nelson Never Imaginedp. 85
A Good Idea Gone Badp. 88
A Record Harvest of Porkp. 89
A Game with Few Winnersp. 91
Sowing Seeds of Discontent around the Worldp. 93
It's a Cow's Lifep. 94
Putting Dollars in the Right Handsp. 96
Sanction Feverp. 99
Those Who Do Not Learn from Historyp. 100
Playing a Losing Gamep. 101
Curing Ourselves of Sanction Feverp. 107
A Little Knowledge Makes a Dangerous Leaderp. 109
I Want a New Drugp. 113
So Many Politicians, So Little Understanding of International Commercep. 120
Dispelling the Mythsp. 122
Raising the Bar or Raising the Roofp. 131
Our Most Valuable Importsp. 135
Toward a Sane Immigration Policyp. 137
Fixing a Flawed Visa Policyp. 139
A Delicate Balancing Actp. 141
Stopping the Brain Drainp. 143
That's Why They Call Him "Chief Executive"p. 145
Moving onto the Fast Track-and Falling Offp. 147
The Argument against Trade Promotion Authorityp. 150
Making a Permanent Change for the Betterp. 151
Creating a New Organizationp. 155
A Different Meaning for the Word "Global"p. 156
A Very Crowded Tablep. 162
I'd Love to Change the Worldàp. 167
Afterword: Some Stops on the World Tourp. 177
Beverly Hills Eastp. 181
The Great Wall of Japanp. 183
Igniting a Light for Entrepreneurialismp. 187
A Door of Gold and a Sword of Steelp. 191
Thirteen Centuries of Hermitagep. 196
The Legacy of Vietnamp. 202
How I Nearly Became a Chieftain's Son-in-Lawp. 205
Notesp. 211
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780230108929
ISBN-10: 023010892X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 26th November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1