The Price We Pay When Ideology Guides Finance

Event Overview

Have woke capital and stakeholder capitalism become a threat to liberty and prosperity? How does the ideology of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) practically affect business and finance—and why should you care? 

Piotr Trabinski, CSS senior fellow and former International Monetary Fund executive director, joins CSS senior fellow and economist Dr. David Rose to discuss how we can work together to address these challenges. The conversation will begin at 11:00 A.M. followed by a light lunch.

This event is open only to CSS members with limited in-person seating and livestream available. Kindly RSVP to Alex Pack at

Featured Speakers

Mr. Piotr Trabinski is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and a former International Monetary Fund (IMF) executive director, where he worked on fiscal and monetary policies, financial sector supervision, central bank digital currencies, fintech regulation, anti-money laundering, and combating terrorism financing. Prior to that, he worked in Poland’s banking sector where he held corporate senior managerial positions and spearheaded IT projects. He has a J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Warsaw, an M.Eng. in computer science and cybersecurity from the George Washington University, and an M.A. in international relations from The Institute of World Politics.


Dr. David C. Rose is a senior fellow at Common Sense Society and a professor of economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has served as the department director of graduate studies and as the department chair. His primary areas of research interest are behavioral economics, political economy, and organization theory. He regularly teaches principles, price theory, graduate microeconomic theory, mathematical economics, and a course on the theory of the firm. He has been a member of the Missouri Advisory Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission since 2016. In 2008, Dr. Rose received the St. Louis Business Journal’s Economic Educator of the year award. His book, The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior, was selected as one of CHOICE’s outstanding titles of 2012 and was nominated for the Hayek Book Prize. Dr. Rose frequently contributes to policy debates through radio and television interviews as well as in op-eds in outlets such as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Word on Business, The School Choice Advocate, Forbes, The Washington Times, and The Christian Science Monitor on topics ranging from social security, monetary policy, fiscal policy, judicial philosophy, education reform, and healthcare reform. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia and his B.S. from Southwest Missouri State University.


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