September 6, 2023 Reading Time: 2 minutes

On this episode of Liberty Curious, Kate Wand spoke with Allen Mendenhall, author, lawyer, Associate Dean and Professor in the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University. He teaches a free market, non-woke business course that has gained significant clout, leading anti-woke ESG advocates to seek his aid and testimony for an anti-ESG investment bill. His advocacy for economic freedom led to the banking crony ESG profiteers to go on a coordinated witch-hunt against him to try and get him cancelled. Allen’s story attests to the power of the Individual. They spoke about ESG as a segue into global governance, the growing decentralized resistance against hyper-centralization, and how one person taking a principled stand is a great equalizer against the most corrupt concentrations of power.

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Use these shortcuts to navigate the topics presented in the video:
0:00 – intro
1:20 – anti-ESG business program
3:43 – policy debates around ESG
6:33 – the Witchhunt begins
9:55 – Blackrock, State Street, Vanguard lobbyists
12:49 – The risk of bank runs
14:50 – Global Coordination of Financial Institutions
20:10 – Sri Lanka as a Target
24:33 – Incentives for ESG
27:19 – Stakeholder Capitalism
30:22 – Unprecedented Power
32:50 – CBDCs & ESG
37:30 – Decentralization vs Centralization
42:47 – The Power of the Individual
48:56 – All Powerful Nation State Parallels
52:05 – Milton Friedman vs. Klaus Schwab
54:21 – USA vs Europe for ESG
58:11 – The Nation State & Global Concatenation
1:00:00 – The outcome of Allen’s battle
1:03:12 – Lord of the Rings parallels
1:08:46 – Last thoughts

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Allen Mendenhall

Allen Mendenhall

Allen Mendenhall is Associate Dean and Grady Rosier Professor in the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University.

He holds a B.A. in English from Furman University, M.A. in English from West Virginia University, J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law, LL.M. in transnational law from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Ph.D. in English from Auburn University.

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Kate Wand

Kate Wand is a content creator. Her focus is social commentary and filmmaking. She is the host of AIER’s Liberty Curious podcast.

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