ESG: The Moral Crusade for a 'Green New World' | Paul Mueller & Kate Wand

28 Dec 2023 • 68 min • EN
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What exactly is ESG? Where did it come from, and how did it start to take hold and reshape our world? How is it related to the infamous UN SDGs? In this episode of Liberty Curious, Paul Mueller joins Kate Wand to discuss and dissect. Paul is an economist and Senior Research Faculty at AIER who specializes in defending freedom and combatting collectivism. He has written a definitive collection of articles on ESG. ESG has been perniciously changing the way corporations, governments, NGOs and institutions operate. This ideological framework synonymous with stakeholder capitalism has become the subject of scrutiny and public backlash, but nonetheless continues to dominate. --- The conversation explores the history, definition, and implications of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing. It delves into the origins of ESG in the post-World War II era and the rise of international organizations. The discussion highlights the utopian ideals and ideological shifts that have shaped the ESG movement. It also examines the technocratic element of ESG and the challenges of calculation and efficiency. The conversation raises concerns about the potential for eco-dictatorship and the threat ESG poses to freedom and individualism. In this conversation, Paul Mueller and Kate Wand discuss the totalitarianism of climate alarmists and the loss of individualism in the ESG movement. They explore the advocates for ESG, such as the World Economic Forum, and the pushback against ESG, including Larry Fink's change in stance. They also delve into the philosophical elements underlying the green movement and the potential future of ESG. The conversation highlights the importance of transparency, the value of nuclear energy, and the need to focus on adaptation rather than prevention. They conclude by discussing the role of intellectuals in shaping ESG policies. --- Paul Mueller's Related Articles: --- TIMESTAMPS: 0:00 - Intro 1:31 - History of ESG 3:21 - ESG as a Quest for Global Solidarity 10:19 - Post-World War II Era and the Rise of International Organizations 12:22 - Utopian Ideals and Ideological Shifts 13:40 - Stakeholder Capitalism and the Technocratic Element of ESG 16:15 - The Problem of Calculation and Efficiency in ESG 18:45 - Consumer Value and the Top-Down Approach of ESG 31:40 - The Potential for Eco-Dictatorship in ESG 36:12 - ESG as a Threat to Freedom and Individualism 38:38 - Totalitarianism and the Loss of Individualism 41:05 - Advocates for ESG and the Totalitarianism of Climate Alarmists 45:05 - Larry Fink and the Pushback Against ESG 53:09 - The Social Responsibility of Businesses and the Birth of Stakeholder Capitalism 56:18 - The Future of ESG and its Impact on Economies 59:18 - The Potential of Nuclear Energy and the Need for Transparency 1:03:08 - The Malthusian Element and the Importance of Human Existence 1:05:20 - The Value of Adaptation and the Inefficiencies of ESG Means 1:05:47 - The Role of Intellectuals in Shaping ESG Policies --- Hayek: Intellectuals and Socialism: --- You can also listen to this podcast on Apple, Google, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Make sure to subscribe to this channel and hit the bell to be notified of more episodes like this, and leave your questions and comments below! LISTEN: --- ***...

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