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Humanity Matters

By Dr. Phillip D. Fletcher
A weekly podcast dedicated to the ideas and application of personalism, individualism, and freedom.
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Popular Rebroadcast: Reparations
Sharing my thoughts on the reparations movement for ADOS individuals. 
38:44
May 27, 2022
Popular Rebroadcast: Aldous Huxley for Today Part 2
Continuing to look at how Aldous Huxley's Brave New World has resonance today. 
17:18
May 16, 2022
Created in Freedom: 330 Million Visions
The final chapter of Created in Freedom: Poverty and Economics
13:27
May 11, 2022
Popular Episode Rebroadcast: Aldous Huxley for Today
Learning from Aldous Huxley and what it means for us today. 
18:27
May 09, 2022
Popular Episode Rebroadcast: Transcending Race
Sharing my thoughts on moving beyond the construct of racial distinctions. 
09:41
May 02, 2022
Created in Freedom: Free Individuals Pursuing Enjoyment
Economic justice for individuals is achieved when individuals have the freedom to choose with whom they interact and make decisions which best align with his or her particular needs ultimately producing various expressions of enjoyment. 
16:38
April 29, 2022
Created in Freedom: Economic Environments
Listen to Chapter 5 of Created in Freedom as Dr. Fletcher discusses economic environments.  An environment which supports the existence of free markets is an environment which we should applaud. 
13:57
April 22, 2022
Black Lives Matter and Fiduciary Responsibility
In this episode, we look at the claim made by BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors concerning financial accountability and ignorance about 990 reporting. 
44:52
April 19, 2022
Daily Personalist Living and Leading: Adventure and Liberty
Reflecting on Emmanuel Mounier's comments on Aldous Huxley's "A Brave New World." What is the relationship between individualism and liberty? 
05:48
April 18, 2022
Created in Freedom: Invitation
In Chapter 4 of Created in Freedom, Dr. Fletcher interacts with Robert Nozick's statement, "instead of trying to prove your opponent wrong, try to see in what sense he might be right." 
12:26
April 15, 2022
Created in Freedom: Participation
In chapter 3 of Created in Freedom, we engage with the question of, Why are individuals who are supposedly the objects of our compassion and recipients of improved economic opportunities, rarely, if ever, invited to the public discussion? 
11:43
April 08, 2022
Reacting to Colorado's Reproductive Rights Bill HB 22-1279
On Monday April 4, 2022 Governor Polis of Colorado signed into law HB 22-1279. I offer my response from a personalist perspective regarding the bill and how it echoes the Slave Codes of the past.  Read the Bill here
16:20
April 05, 2022
Created in Freedom: Isolation
What can occur when individual men and women are welcomed to participate in the development of opportunities which can impact there lives? How will interactions change when the group is recognized as a diverse gathering of free individuals?  Obtain a electronic copy of Created in Freedom: Poverty and Economics at our website. 
17:09
April 01, 2022
Daily Personalist Living and Leading: Carl Jung and the Individual
Reflecting on Dr. Jung's observation, "the mind is endowed with the dignity of a cosmic principle." 
09:48
March 28, 2022
Created in Freedom: Introduction
We are releasing an audio version of Created in Freedom: Poverty and Economics.  We were created in freedom. Human beings across the globe possess a common thread of human dignity and a desire to express this dignity in a multitude of way absent obstacles and restrictions.  To obtain this book in e-format visit our website
15:00
March 25, 2022
Daily Personalist Living and Leading: Who is Around You?
Reflecting on Dr. Jordan Peterson's 3rd Rule, "Make Friends with people who want the best for you." Taken from his book 12 Rules for Life. 
05:25
March 21, 2022
Daily Personalist Living and Leading: Beauty Demands Difficulty
Our world possesses so many great works of artistic expression. There are musical pieces, paintings, pottery pieces which have stood the test of time influencing the development of whole academic courses around a singular artist or time period. I view particular comic book issues in a similar fashion.  There are some issues such as Action Comics #1 with the first appearance of Superman, Detective Comics #27 with the first appearance of Batman, or the panel imagery of Captain America facing off against Iron Man at the height of Marvel Comics Civil War, all creating indelible impressions within the comic book universe but also touch real life.
06:38
March 14, 2022
Impact for Now and in the Future
Keynote address given at the University of Central Arkansas celebrating the accomplishments of students, faculty, and staff. 
31:27
March 11, 2022
Humanity Matters: Arkansas Alcohol, Russia and Ukraine
Today we talk about Arkansas Alcohol regulations, the Ukraine situation, and authoritarianism 
58:25
March 02, 2022
Daily Personalist Living: Monsters and Sunrises
The monster works to rob individuals of hope.  Confront the monster by using your intelligence, skills, and that small amount of fear to discover more about the self. 
05:35
February 28, 2022
Lockdown Conversation with special guest Nicolle Fletcher
Dr. Fletcher is joined by Nicolle Fletcher to discuss a wide range of topics to include:  1. Bel-Air 2. Instagram Posts 3. Men and Women Differences  4. Question from listeners 
01:12:24
February 24, 2022
Transcending Race
In this episode, Dr. Fletcher reflects on the phenomenon of race and how we as a society of individuals should transcend the limits of race in order to aid each other in times of suffering and celebrate each other when there are victories.  For more content consider this talk by Glen Loury and John McWhorter.  https://youtu.be/p38TdqSfBVo
07:40
February 23, 2022
Freedom and Flourishing
In this episode, Dr. Fletcher discusses the relationship between freedom and how individuals can arrive at human flourishing as each persons has the opportunity to pursue an aim and find meaning. 
08:33
February 16, 2022
Daily Personalist: How Change Helps the Individual
Walter Bruggeman describes persons as ready to let go, contemplating letting go, and not prepared to let go. There is hope nonetheless, the expression of a new future will be more enticing and desirable than what has been lost. A future that is stable and you can then continue on wrestling with the question, “Who am I?”
09:23
February 14, 2022
Humanity Matters for February 6, 2022
Today we talk about Conway news, Arkansas news, and freedom of speech. 
01:01:56
February 09, 2022
Daily Personalist: Bargaining for the Future
What are you willing to bargain for your better self? I want to be better and the great adventure for each of our lives is making disciplined decisions on a daily basis which point us to a destination which is greater than our present day. 
05:21
February 07, 2022
Humanity Matters: The Supreme Court and Conway Special Election
Today we talk about the Conway Special Election. There is a whole lot of detail here!  Early Voting begins on Tuesday February 1, 2022 Election Day is Tuesday February 8, 2022
01:00:42
February 02, 2022
Daily Personalist Living and Leading: What is in You is Amazing
Why do captors keep the cage locked on a lion raised in captivity? Reflecting on zoos to learn about the dignity and worth of human beings. 
08:24
January 31, 2022
Heterodox Thinking on Reparations
Talking about reparations and simply asking questions. 
37:48
January 26, 2022
Daily Personalist Living and Leading: Inviting Chaos for Growth
In today's episode we reflect on how a little bit of chaos can serve to aid in our individual growth and support our uniquely identified goals. It is your opportunity to take on a new adventure for your life.  
08:53
January 24, 2022
Personalist Living and Leading: Personalism and Control
I act to establish boundaries and restrictions. I want to control this menace. I want to justify when it’s ok for this menace to invade the lives others but never myself. I want complete control.
07:29
January 19, 2022
King, Covid, and the Future
On today's episode we look at some local Conway news and Arkansas State news. Additionally, we reflect briefly on the late Reverend Dr. Martin L. King Jr., discuss on how long we are going to have Covid influence our lives, and the future of the Humanity Matters Show.  Show Links:  Conway Special Election Mental Health and the Conway Police Department  Maya Angelou Receives a Coin Sign Up for the weekly Newsletter, Daily Personalist Living and Leading 
45:35
January 17, 2022
Aim, Purpose, and Meaning
Enjoy a talk I gave to students, faculty, and staff of Premier High School in Little, Rock. The topic investigates the importance of individuals possessing an aim which offers purpose, and cultivates a meaningful life. 
24:06
January 15, 2022
Humanity Matters Show: Education, Masks, and Decision Making
Today's episode covers the Conway Public School Board, Community Schools, and we ask the question, "So What are You Going to Do?" 
46:07
January 14, 2022
Aldous Huxley and Keeping Up with the Joneses Part 2
One of the phenomenon we must pay attention to as human beings desiring to guard our integrity and value is the phenomenon of conversion through means of physical and emotional degradation and manipulation.  Access the book here: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/brave-new-world-revisited-by-aldous-huxley/305918/item/4998363/?gclid=CjwKCAiA8bqOBhANEiwA-sIlN9u_Y2fN3DCu_9kE3IkUTjKpIqTAPMsqLraDg1ebpbG4wUjq-E6FchoC3qwQAvD_BwE#idiq=4998363&edition=2036352
16:22
January 12, 2022
Personalist Living and Leading: Applying Personalism to the Real World
In today's reflection we consider the application of Personalism in the work of Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Remember to subscribe to our weekly newsletter, Personalist Living and Leading. Subscribe today! 
05:52
January 10, 2022
Aldous Huxley and Keeping Up with the Joneses
One of the phenomenon we must pay attention to as human beings and in the most important effort of guarding our integrity and value as human individuals is the phenomenon of “Keeping up with the Joneses” Purchase Huxley's Brave New World (https://www.amazon.com/Brave-New-World-Aldous-Huxley/dp/0060850523) 
17:31
January 05, 2022
Personalist Living and Leading: Common Thread
There is a common thread which unites all of us and can create humility for our lives.  Remember to subscribe to our weekly newsletter, Personalist Living and Leading.    Subscribe today!
07:08
January 03, 2022
Personalist Living and Leading: Courage and Hope
A courage and hope the shadowy places of the human experience will not prevail but what will warm the faces of your heart and mind, as well as mine, is the bright day in which we can tell future generations, “I was there. I was there with courage and hope and we won the day.”
06:54
December 27, 2021
Spiderman, Vice President Harris, and School Threats
Our Spiderman Review. I am shocked if you have not seen it yet. We also talk about Vice President Harris' recent interview on Comedy Central, and school threats in Conway, Arkansas. 
56:25
December 24, 2021
Personalist Living and Leading: Personalism and Christmas
Merry Christmas to our listeners! 
09:29
December 20, 2021
Over-Population and the Integrity of Human Beings
Today we continue our look at Aldous Huxley's, Brave New World Revisited.  Our concluding thoughts regarding over-population.  So returning to Huxley’s concern to protect the integrity and value of human dignity, how can we courageously respond to over-population? Discern the language of politicians and government officials who seek to relate human existence and resource usage If you exist within a religious community, value your religious commitments to human birth and death higher than government policy Individuals must ask the question, “Who gets to determine my existence and longevity of my life and family? If we want to be on the march to improved health access, living conditions, and the economic situation of ourselves and others we must also acknowledge its correlation to human flourishing.
22:34
December 17, 2021
Arkansas News and Jussie Smollett
Today's episode covers news from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and reacting to Jussie Smollett verdict. 
32:02
December 15, 2021
Leadership in Relationships
How do you proceed in your leadership as it relates to those in your home, office, or school? In this episode we do a quick survey of a former king and what we can learn from his leadership failures. 
07:21
December 13, 2021
How Mass Communication Can Be a Threat to Human Dignity
We continue to reflect on Aldous Huxley's followup to Brave New World by looking at the threat of mass communication by demagogues to create social coherence. 
19:18
December 10, 2021
Arkansas Special Session, Abortion at the Supreme Court, and Hyper-Organization
Aldous Huxley in 1958 ask the following question, “In an age of accelerating over-population, of accelerating over-organization and ever more efficient means of mass communication, how can we preserve the integrity and reassert the value of the human individual?”
52:32
December 08, 2021
Rugged Sense of Dignity
In this week's thought we look at Rufus Burrow and his insights on Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Dr. King used the ideas of personalism to effectively influence his leadership and ministry during the Civil Rights Movement of the mid twentieth century. 
06:01
December 06, 2021
Being a Neighbor
What it means to be a neighbor as we head into the last part of 2021. Find ways to get involved and make a difference locally! 
39:20
December 02, 2021
Personalist Living and Leading: Freedom
Freedom has many facets which include self-direction, decision making, and responsibility
05:32
November 29, 2021
Personalist Living and Leading: Self-Determination
This weeks thought considers the relationship between your dignity and your capacity to decide for yourself.
06:56
November 22, 2021
Rittenhouse: False Heroism and False White Supremacy
Ideas are so powerful. These conceptions take shape in the minds of individuals and over the course of time can influence others to share those ideas. There are a multitude ideas which can move individuals towards greater compassion alleviating suffering, ideas transforming existing technology to improve the lived experiences of individuals, and ideas depersonalizing an entire group for purposes known only to the purveyor. Ideas are powerful and have consequences in the lives of individuals, groups, and societies.
10:25
November 20, 2021
Personalist Living and Leading: Freedom, A Definition
How can Personalism inform how we understand freedom in our individual lives? 
04:11
November 15, 2021
Humanity Matters Season 5!
Welcome to Season 5 of the Humanity Matters Podcast!!! 
47:22
November 10, 2021
Personalist Living and Leading: Work
Hey its Season 5 of Humanity Matters!! Thank you to all who come and listen. Second, welcome to a new weekly offering, Personalist Living and Leading which seeks to promote ideas regarding human dignity and freedom for the goal of human flourishing. Consider these offering as short meditations to help you live and lead wherever you may be in the great wide world of ours.  
06:06
November 08, 2021
Final Episode of Season 4! Ask Dr. Phil
Wow! The end of the 4th season of Humanity Matters and that means, Ask Dr. Phil. We take questions submitted to the mailbag. Be on the look out for Season 5 with some new content and value we are seeking to add to our listening audience! 
57:06
November 04, 2021
Humanity Matters with DC Fandome and More
Today's episode we talk about all the new DC material coming out, VP Harris using her position in the Church, and Jon Stewart's monologue painting freedom in a negative light. 
01:01:06
October 25, 2021
The Church and The State
In today's episode Dr. Phillip Fletcher responds to recent comments by New York Governor Hockul regarding medical procedures. 
01:02:59
October 07, 2021
Humanity Matters One on One with Larry Sharpe
An very insightful interview with Larry Sharpe who considering a run for Governor of New York.  Learn more about Larry Sharpe at larrysharpe.com 
01:17:39
October 04, 2021
Reflecting on 9/11, Vaccine Discrimination, and Words for Men
Today we discuss 9/11, engage with news about vaccine discrimination and offer words to men.  Show Notes:  1. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newsweek.com/members-congress-staff-exempt-biden-covid-vaccine-mandate-1627859%3famp=1?fbclid=IwAR2GwJUhRAxqTK_FtPgcjRFmF7_B8oZI8wVp2N6-RzKxrFtWuzQw0igH9Ww 2. https://www.wsj.com/articles/college-university-fall-higher-education-men-women-enrollment-admissions-back-to-school-11630948233?mod=e2tw&twclid=11436817554673213446
01:13:57
September 18, 2021
The MailBag Episode
We take on a question which critiques my approach regarding the current activities in our nation.  Remember to subscribe to our YouTube Channel! https://youtu.be/QQ3c-_v7vZU Connect with us. YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/ebz4mj8b Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/ypd2ps4h Instagram: https://tinyurl.com/wdzzrhd6 Website: phillipfletcher.org
01:21:37
September 16, 2021
Covid, Afghanistan, and War
What can we learn about the relationship between war at home and war abroad? We also tackle the news coming out of the FBI and wonder how long we will continue to tolerate being in a perpetual state of war. 
01:11:47
August 25, 2021
Thoughts on the Church and the State in 2021
Expressing my frustrations with the appearance of the visible Church in America in 2021. My guiding question, "What guides the visible Church today?" 
43:39
August 19, 2021
Different Thoughts and Terror Warnings
Responding to a past week news segment on NBC which appears to characterize different thoughts on Covid Measures as being catalyst for terror activity. 
42:10
August 16, 2021
Is Coercion Upon Us?
Reacting to Mayor de Blasio's recent announcement about vaccines and access to private establishments in NYC. 
01:06:06
August 11, 2021
The Power of Acting Locally Now and in the Future
One of the ways we can reshape our world is by moving away from so much centralization and cultivate local ways of acting with each other. 
04:29
August 09, 2021
A Freedom Reflection on Individuality and Meaning
The pursuit of significance, of meaning, is a noble activity because it signifies the pursuit of something larger than yourself, yet it should be a pursuit you have initially discovered on your own and overtime you invite others to join you, if they wish.
04:58
July 26, 2021
Reviewing Antiracist Baby by Dr. Ibram Kendi
Dr. Ibram Kendi has been quite influential in the past few years as his work regarding “anti-racism” has had a very significant cultural, political, and social influence within the United States and arguably the world. Show Notes:  https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2020/june/ibram-x-kendi-definition-of-antiracist.html
40:09
July 20, 2021
Freedom Reflection: The Minimum Wage
Let talk about the minimum wage.  Here is a helpful resource by the late Walter E. Williams  https://fee.org/media/5133/0703williams.pdf
07:18
June 30, 2021
Freedom Reflection: Reducing Law Enforcement
We critique and we have anger towards the action of a particular law enforcement officer or department. Ok. Yet when will we direct our outrage to those men and women who uphold legislation and pass legislation which manages our lives and when we stray, causes law enforcement officers to impose upon your life?  Music by:  Groove Grove by Kevin MacLeod http://incompetech.com Creative Commons — Attribution 4.0 International — CC BY 4.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/groove-grove Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/83FJtTnvDhc
03:55
June 28, 2021
Rap, Hip Hop, and Freedom: A Summary
From the importance of individualism, to free speech to the relationship of the State to the individual, to law enforcement, to the Non-Aggression Principle, Rap/Hip Hop offered a very high level of critique for what was occurring in some Black communities and the desire for freedom.
12:45
June 21, 2021
A Discussion on Fatherhood
A heartfelt discussion on the emotions, assumptions, and hopes of being a father. 
01:10:51
June 18, 2021
Reacting to President Joe Biden's Speech on the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre
Tulsa is a lesson most certainly about the ugliness of humanity but I agree with you towards the end of your speech. Hope. Hope is also running through humanity as well. I hope as you do for the realization of justice in the lives of people.
09:49
June 16, 2021
Humanity Matters One on One with Lawrence Reed
A discussion with FEE Chairman Emeritus on political and economic spectrums. Are there commonalities between different political systems? How has education impacted our understanding of communism, socialism, and fascism?   Connect with Lawrence Reed through his website: lawrencewreed.com    Connect with Foundation for Economic Education: fee.org    Article referenced in this interview: https://www.lawrencewreed.com/blog/https/elamericancom/the-only-spectrum-that-makes-sense
35:56
June 14, 2021
Ask Dr. Phil Spring 2021
Taking questions from our listeners. 
01:00:26
June 05, 2021
Humanity Matters One on One with Laquita Norris
May is dedicated to Mental Health Awareness. Laquita Norris is a licensed clinical therapist and owner of Gateway Family Therapy. We discuss her journey in becoming a therapist, the types of therapy available to individuals, the stigmas of attending therapy, and the benefits of therapy.   Contact Ms. Laquita Norris   http://gatewayfamilytherapy.com
32:33
May 26, 2021
The Non-Aggression Principle and the Violence in the Black Community
Volume 2 of Rap, Hip Hop, and Freedom looks at the libertarian principle of non-aggression through the hip-hop tracks of "Self-Destruction" and "We're All in the Same Gang."  Notes:    1. Statistics:   * https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-6.xls **https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/bjsdr89.pdf  2. Check out the great work of mother’s who are practicing both human agency and solidarity regarding violence between American Black neighbors. Check out https://www.voicesofblackmothers.com    3. Murray Rothbard: https://rothbard.com
17:22
May 24, 2021
Interacting for Change
Develop a holistic approach which creates a situation of human flourishing. A holistic approach includes the religious, social, economic, and political aspects of the human experience. Holistic Approach Religious: answer what faith has to say to this human experience Social: answer how society has a corporate responsibility to this human experience Economic: answer the economic impact of doing something or nothing Political: Answer how govt can restrict or create opportunity We need to be informed, educated, address the issue not the people, conduct self-examination, work with love as the fuel, enter into discussion and negotiation, and firmly communicate God is on the side of justice.
07:30
May 18, 2021
Thoughts on Pursuing a Just Society
A just society depends on the action of persuasion and relationship between persons. A society can produce what it believes to be “just” through force but it will not be moral. We have a responsibility to one another, to be compassionate and creative, shaping a world in which we all have the opportunity to flourish as human beings.
05:33
May 15, 2021
Is America a Racist Nation?
Senator Tim Scott touched a nerve with his response to the President Joe Biden's Congressional address. Here are my thoughts plus a question from the mail bag. 
33:20
May 08, 2021
Humanity Matters One on One with Denise Lee
Denise Lee is a business coach who assists leaders with developing plans for every stage of business. Mrs. Lee is the host of "The Introverted Entrepreneur" Podcast.  She is also a prolific social commentator on social media.    Connect with Mrs. Lee:    Twitter @Queenfreemarket Website www.deniseglee.com Instagram: @deniseleetalks
23:15
April 26, 2021
Rap, Hip Hop, and Freedom with Ice Cube's "Endangered Species."
Frederic Bastiat state, “In fact, if law were restricted to protecting all persons, all liberties, and all properties; if law were nothing more than the organized combination of the individual’s right to self defense; if law were the obstacle, the check, the punisher of all oppression and plunder—is it likely that we citizens would then argue much about the extent of the franchise?” Maybe, just maybe too many laws exists and in the case of Cube and how he was growing up as a young man, the overwhelming police presence, shaped his view of life.  SHOW NOTES: “We, the American Blacks” https://www.census.gov/prod/cen1990/wepeople/we-1.pdf “Black Demographics” https://blackdemographics.com/households/african-american-income/ CDC Abortion Data 1990 https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00031585.htm
30:06
April 21, 2021
Riffing on Minnesota, Virginia, and Same ol Same.
This podcast is a recorded episode from a Facebook live event. I hope you enjoy! 
50:12
April 19, 2021
My Church Frustration and the State
A recent Pew Research Study conducted between March 1-7, 2021 was the match for this podcast. Also I recommend you read a book by the notable Carl Jung, "The Undiscovered Self" regarding the relationship between the Church and the State. Very insightful. 
35:00
April 06, 2021
Rap, Hip-Hop, and Freedom: An Introduction to Free Thought and Free Expression
The every day people in the urban areas reflect ideas of freedom. The opportunities to determine individual courses of life, the ability to speak freely, and powerfully critique structures which inhibit that freedom. If you actually read the lyrics, you would be surprised to find themes which are more in line with the Founding Fathers than the tyranny and oppression of political ideologies which seek to control the social, economic, and political life of citizens. Surely we can find elements of classical liberalism woven within the lyrics and over the beats of rap and hip-hop! 
24:13
March 24, 2021
Humanity Matters One on One with Dr. Peg Falls-Corbitt Discussing the Death Penalty and Retributive Justice
Peg Falls-Corbitt is the Virginia A. McCormick Pittman Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Hendrix College where she has taught since 1987. Falls-Corbitt graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rhodes College and holds her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University. Her articles on the ethics of punishment include: “Against the Death Penalty: A Christian Stance in a Secular World,” in The Christian Century, “Retribution, Reciprocity and Respect for Persons,” in Law and Philosophy, and “Prisons and Privacy: A Moral Evaluation” in Freedom, Equality, and Social Change. In April of 2017, as Arkansas was preparing to execute eight people within eleven days, Falls-Corbitt’s letter entitled “Not Justice” appeared in the Arkansas Times. Falls-Corbitt is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. She and her husband Doug Corbitt, also a philosopher, have two adult daughters.
59:05
March 23, 2021
Humanity Matters One on One: Spike Cohen
Jeremy “Spike” Cohen is the Libertarian Party’s 2020 Vice-presidential nominee, running with Dr. Jo Jorgensen, the LP’s presidential nominee. He promotes a vision of common-sense Libertarian solutions that will make us all more free, safe, and prosperous. Cohen started a web design company in 1999.  He retired from that 3 years ago to promote libertarian ideas fulltime. His great aim is to make people more familiar with voluntary solutions and property rights. He is the host of My Fellow Americans, the co-host of The Muddied Waters of Freedom, and the co-owner of Muddied Waters Media, a podcast platform that reaches millions. Most importantly he is married to Tasha. Connect with Spike Cohen: Twitter: @RealSpikeCohen Facebook: Spike Cohen Consider Supporting our Show: https://anchor.fm/humanitymatters/support
01:00:18
March 15, 2021
Black Superman, Minimum Wage, and the Liberty of Ideas
Today we take questions from the mailbag. JJ Abrams is taking over the Superman movie with Coates. Plus we talk about the impact of the minimum wage on nonprofits, and the liberty of ideas. Our quote of the week comes from JS Mill and his book "On Liberty."   "The only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject, is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion, and studying all modes in which it can be looked by every character of mind."  Become a sponsor! https://anchor.fm/humanitymatters/support
01:15:51
March 10, 2021
One on One with Martha Bueno
Martha is a fully bilingual Miami native of Cuban descent and the daughter of a Cuban political prisoner who lived six years in Venezuela. She is a 4th generation farmer currently growing hemp on her farm in Miami-Dade.  Martha is a community councilwoman in Miami and is the Vice Chair of the Miami-Dade County Libertarian Party. She is the founder of Florida Genetics Center Hemp Farm and two successful e-tailers, Vetamerica.com and Pureformulas.com. In 2011, PureFormulas ranked 97th among the 500 fastest growing companies in the US, according to Inc. Magazine. Today PureFormulas remains one of the leading online retailers of health supplements and organic products. She currently hosts Libertarios Hispanos with Zach Foster, a Spanish-language internet show broadcast live through the Libertarian Party Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/LibertarianParty) every Wednesday night at 9:00 PM EST. Connect with Martha Bueno on Twitter: @MarthaBueno18 Become a sponsor! https://anchor.fm/humanitymatters/support
59:41
March 02, 2021
Humanity Matters One on One with Dr. Rachel Ferguson
Dr. Rachel Ferguson is a Professor of Managerial Philosophy and Director of the Liberty and Ethics Center in the Hammond Institute. Her research interests include Hume’s classical liberalism, the philosophy of economics, and Aristotelian virtue theory. She is a board member for the Freedom Center of Missouri and LOVE the LOU, and serves on the advisory boards of ReThink 315 and Gateway to Flourishing. Dr. Ferguson teaches political philosophy, game theory, and business ethics. She also facilitates the course on economic federalism that accompanies the Liberty and Ethics Center’s Spring Conference. In addition, Rachel coordinates a collection of liberty-oriented faculty from mid-sized Midwestern universities, which aims to engage with constitutional law and economics at the faculty, undergraduate, and high school levels. Dr. Ferguson received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Lindenwood University (1999), and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Saint Louis University (2008). Connect with Dr. Ferguson by email: rferguson@lindenwood.edu Twitter: @LibertyEthics In this episode we talk about her upcoming book "Black Liberation through the Marketplace," classical liberalism as it relates to persons in poverty, and how to navigate disagreements.  
01:05:19
February 22, 2021
Moving on from Incivility and Indecency in 2021
Self-examination and self-knowledge are critical activities which can help announce our human dignity. We should take time to see how we are emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  In today's episode we explore how we have dealt with our dissatisfaction and how we can move forward. 
18:21
February 17, 2021
The Curious Place Called America
What do you think about America? We have a complex history of success and failures. Email your questions to humanitymatterspodcast@gmail.com 
21:12
February 11, 2021
Interrogating Ideas with Thomas Sowell
Interrogating ideas should be a practice we should seek to engage in for the sake of human flourishing. Silencing ideas does not allow for the proper development of our individual selves and our society. Follow this link for a helpful resource on engaging with ideas, especially the difficult ones.  https://www.phillipfletcher.org/content.html
21:49
February 08, 2021
Black Educational Optimism
Enjoy this audio essay from Dr. Fletcher discussing the educational progress of Black Americans.  For more visit: https://www.phillipfletcher.org/essays/black-educational-optimism
16:24
January 25, 2021
Reflecting on Personal Desire and Self-Interest
Self-interest is a common human trait.  It should not be shunned as some type of immorality. In this episode, Dr. Fletcher reflects on the phenomena of personal desire and self-interest in business leaders and nonprofit directors. Click on the link for further reading on the concept of self-interest as understood by Frederich Bastiat. https://fee.org/articles/frederic-bastiat-the-primacy-of-property/
10:01
January 22, 2021
A Way Ahead for "Enemies" to See One Another as Human Beings
Dr. Fletcher offers reflection on the past year and how we can move forward in light of a new US Presidency. 
15:21
January 19, 2021
Examining the Day of January 6, 2021
The movie "V for Vendetta" invoked the phrase, "Remember, remember the fifth of November." What will history say about January 6, 2021? We have everyday citizens from across the nation join our show to discuss thoughts and solutions in response to a historic day. 
57:06
January 13, 2021
America is Beautiful
The first week of 2021 did not have great start but that does not mean we can not believe for better. Enjoy this encouragement for the year! 
09:51
January 11, 2021
War is a Time of Caesars, Pharaohs, and Thanos: Reflecting on CoVID-19
What can we learn about the use of war language as it relates to the COVID-19 Pandemic? What impact does such language have on our relationship to government and our economic situation in America? Transcript available at our website: https://tinyurl.com/y675soe4
20:08
November 30, 2020
Election 2020 and Voluntary Association
Today we talk about Election 2020 and the libertarian principle of voluntary association. Resources Mentioned: Created in Freedom: Poverty and Economics  Steps to Voluntary Association and Action 1. Identify the Problem 2. Understand the Place and People 3. Practice Solidarity and Subsidiarity 4. Appeal to people first and government last. 
28:12
November 09, 2020
A Libertarian Perspective on Criminal Justice Reform
Dr. Fletcher participated in a panel discussion with former Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate Spike Cohen and former Libertarian US Senate Candidate for Arkansas Ricky Dale Harrington. Topics include qualified immunity, incarceration, and solutions. For more information about libertarianism visit libertarianism.org 
01:26:54
November 06, 2020
HUMANITY MATTERS ONE ON ONE: NATIONAL MANDATE V INDIVIDUAL CHOICE
Our special series concludes with a sit-down discuss between a proponent of a national mask mandate versus individual choice in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  Supporting Information: A Case for a National Mask Mandate: https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20200804.515241/full/ The Constitutionality of Federal Masks Mandates: https://www.aei.org/op-eds/the-constitutionality-of-federal-mask-mandates/
46:52
October 30, 2020
Humanity Matters One on One: Libertarian v Democrat v Republican
Today we sit down and have a discussion on Libertarians, Democrats, and Republicans. For more information about Libertarianism: libertarian.org Democrat Platform: Democrats.org. Republican Platform: gop.com 
39:32
October 23, 2020
Humanity Matters: All Lives Matter v Black Lives Matter
The first of three discussions on competing ideas. This episode engages with ALM v BLM.
28:38
October 16, 2020
A Discussion with UCA CDI concerning Racial Injustice affecting Arkansas Communities
Dr. Fletcher sits down with UCA CDI to discuss CoHO and race relationships. For helpful resources: Download a slide deck on "Moving Beyond Black, White, and All the Other Colors." https://www.phillipfletcher.org/content.html
27:54
October 08, 2020
Moving Beyond Black, White, and All the Other Colors
Download the new slide deck mentioned in this podcast.  https://www.phillipfletcher.org/content.html
28:32
October 03, 2020
Starting up a Nonprofit: Interview with UCA Nonprofit Management Students
Join in on this Q/A discussion with University of Central Arkansas nonprofit management students. Questions include: 1. Knowing when to transition to a full time Executive Director 2. Strategy in starting a non-profit 3. Leadership failure 
45:08
September 24, 2020
Moving Beyond Racial Construction
Today we talk about moving beyond racial constructs. References  Check out Thomas Chatterton Williams book, "Self Portrait in Black and White."  https://www.amazon.com/Self-Portrait-Black-White-Unlearning-Race/dp/0393608867
23:18
September 21, 2020
Discussing Nonprofits with UCA BearServe Leaders
Dr. Fletcher sits down for Q/A with UCA Students participating in UCA’s Americorp Program. For more information visit: https://uca.edu/americorps/bear-serve-leaders-draft/
12:42
September 11, 2020
Meet the Candidates 2020: Joyce Elliott
We kick off Season 3 of Humanity Matters with Arkansas State Senator Joyce Elliott.  Senator Elliott is running for the 2nd Congressional District of Arkansas
34:43
September 08, 2020
Ask Dr. Phil
Final episode of Season 3!
01:14:52
August 03, 2020
Booker T. Washington 1895 Atlanta Compromise Speech
We continue great speeches from Black Leaders of the past to chart our future.
15:21
July 26, 2020
Race and Your Why
Talking about Senator Tim Scott, Why do you advocate for others, and Marxism.
27:03
June 29, 2020
Steps to Justice and Reconciliation
Reviewing Dr. King’s approach to nonviolent direct action
32:06
June 15, 2020
Frederick Douglass: What Are the Colored People Doing for Themselves?
Essay in 1845 appearing in the North Star
23:23
May 18, 2020
Frederick Douglass: What the Black Man Wants
A reading of Mr. Douglass speech to the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society in April 1865
30:16
May 13, 2020
Reviewing HR 266 and Protest
What is protest? Going over the details of HR 266
51:05
April 23, 2020
Quarantine Life: Raw and Unfiltered
The Ideas of Mortality, Health, Freedom, the State, Shame, and How I Have Changed.
55:22
April 21, 2020
Talking about Quarantine Life with Mrs. Nicolle Fletcher
The wifey joins me this week as we talk all things quarantine.
01:01:49
April 17, 2020
Proposed HR Bill for 16Year Olds.
$2000 a month for 16 year olds?!
01:00:38
April 16, 2020
Life after Quarantine
How can proceed once this quarantine is over? How can we help others, revisit our relationship with government, and being thankful. 
19:52
April 15, 2020
Covid Era of Citizen Policing
Looking at shame and political punishment
59:40
April 09, 2020
Speaking my Mind while You Stay ar Home.
Just speaking very frankly.
46:30
April 03, 2020
Homebound, Spring Break, and Senate Bill 3548
Talking about week 2 of COVID, Spring Break, and Senate Bill 3548
45:07
March 24, 2020
Being a Black Male in America Part 2
Discussing mental health, bridging gaps, and creating understanding.
46:18
March 15, 2020
Being a Black Male in America Pt1
An interview with Drew Foote about perceptions, frustrations, and progress
33:12
March 13, 2020
Ask Dr. Phil
In this edition of Ask Dr. Phil tackles questions submitted about the Anti-Lynching Bill, Hope Village, Political Leadership and Character, Marvel vs Star Wars, Senator Sanders, and more.
01:01:02
February 29, 2020
Freedom, Exclusion, and our American Future
Engaging with Volf and Nietzsche
34:39
February 13, 2020
Being Honest in America
Reflecting on America
01:01:09
February 06, 2020
Simone Biles and John Rawls
Talking about the Super Bowl, Simone Biles, and John Rawls Theory of Justice
27:21
February 04, 2020
Kobe, Merit, and Productivity
Reflecting on Kobe Bryant. Talking about the difference between merit and productivity
27:40
January 27, 2020
Entrepreneurship, Arkansas Refugees, and Ethnic Expectations
Do those in low income situations work hard? What expectations do you have of yourself?
31:60
January 14, 2020
Nonviolence, Iran, and War
Reflecting on current events
33:42
January 08, 2020
2020 Looking Ahead
New year and new episodes! Plus a new book!
18:21
January 06, 2020
Movies, Imagination, and Black America
Taking time to riff on a few topics I love. Also a contest!
28:55
December 10, 2019
Practicing Truth, Fairness, Friendship, and Mutual Benefit.
Talk given to the Conway Rotary concerning the poor and homeless.
39:18
December 06, 2019
Jesus Christ: Socialist, Capitalist, or Someone Far Better
Engaging with an article on Sojourner’s concerning the vision of democratic socialism and the Bible.
53:41
November 19, 2019
Ask Dr. Phil Anything (Well almost Anything🤔)
Answering questions on the Constitution, welfare, leadership, and other topics.
43:23
November 09, 2019
Women Entrepreneurs: Jessica Crum and Kate Carnahan
Entrepreneurs, creatives, and do working space
30:52
November 06, 2019
Nonprofits and Discerning City Engagement
Dr. Fletcher has a sitdown with leaders in Corning, Arkansas discussing a variety of topics to include building donations and school involvement.
18:36
November 05, 2019
Women Entrepreneurs: Joyia Yorgey
Nonprofit founder and executive director of Arkansas Asset Builders
31:14
November 04, 2019
Women Entrepreneurs: Teneicia Roundtree
Listen and learn from Conway Entrepreneur Teneicia Roundtree
40:08
November 01, 2019
Moral Philosophy: Poverty and Homelessness
A question and answer session with University of Central Arkansas students regarding poverty and homelessness
58:32
October 29, 2019
Understanding Quality of Life for Arkansans. A Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion held in Jonesboro, Arkansas with Pastor Iverson Jackson, Felecia Johnson and Dr. Fletcher. Hosted and moderated by Arkansas State Representative Dan Sullivan.
01:01:32
October 23, 2019
Quality of Life: Radio Interview with Paul Harrell
Dr. Phillip Fletcher discusses quality of life and CoHO with Conduit News Radio Host Paul Harrell. 
14:33
October 22, 2019
Understanding the Racial Experience: Relationships, Humility, and Context
Talking about understanding the racial experience and the most helpful way for White brothers and sisters can participate.
19:36
October 20, 2019
Serving as Effective Board Members
Nonprofit organizations depend on the presence and activity of effective board members. Effective board members demonstrate leadership, accountability, and sustainable practices. 
29:04
October 10, 2019
Discussion and Questions on Homelessness with St. Peter's Episcopal Church
What's  going on beautiful people! Learn about my participation in working with the homeless in Conway and take part in this Q/A with members St. Peter's Episcopal Church. 
44:52
October 07, 2019
The Noema of Rap and Hip Hop: Reflecting on the Work of Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and Lecrae
Talk given at Hendrix College reflecting on the spoken works of musical artist in the genre of Rap/Hip Hop. 
48:19
October 03, 2019
Leading Effectively from Start to Finish
Looking at the stages leaders can move through to effectively begin and sustain an organizational event or program.
29:07
September 29, 2019
A Discussion on Attention: Living a Wild and Precious Life.
How are you paying attention to your wild and precious life?
47:28
September 20, 2019
Perspectives on Poverty
Keynote address at the University of Central Arkansas
29:22
September 18, 2019
Ask Dr. Phil: The Feel My Thoughts Episode.
Engaging in some question and answer this week!
57:14
September 13, 2019
The Spiritual Alphabet: Helpful words for people and our society.
We sit down with Dr. Jay McDaniel, retired professor of Hendrix College to discuss the Spiritual Alphabet.
20:32
September 11, 2019
Public Service and Leadership Collaboration
Keynote address at Hendrix College for Honors Students 
59:24
September 10, 2019
HEROIC PERSONS: KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO CAPCA STATEWIDE CONFERENCE
What do people have to offer to those in need? 
26:02
September 07, 2019
Human Dignity and Business
Talking about Reading lists, Gun Control, and Business
38:01
August 22, 2019
Civility Revisited
Looking at recent events in America as a springboard to look at cultivating civility.
41:06
August 11, 2019
Human Dignity and Faith
Today we talk about the Democratic Debates, Immigration, and Faith.
34:13
June 29, 2019
Human Dignity: So What is It?
In this episode we define human dignity. We also interact with material by Dr. Glen Loury and CNN Journalist Drew Kann.
39:18
June 16, 2019
An Introduction to Human Dignity
Introduction to the new series on Human Dignity 
16:31
June 07, 2019
The Future of White Brothers and Sisters in America
Lecture given at the monthly event the Public Square
13:53
February 26, 2019
Interview with UJIMA Maternity Network
Today we meet with the UJIMA Maternity Network discussing maternal health among Black women in America.
24:30
February 19, 2019
The Public Sphere and Nonprofit Leadership
Lecture at Hendrix College discussing The Public Sphere and Nonprofit Leadership
59:52
February 03, 2019
Ask Dr. Phil Anything(Well Almost Anything)| #Philmythoughts
Question and answer day on almost anything
01:01:07
December 21, 2018
Civility: The Shared Reality and How to Cultivate more Civil Opportunities
Reflecting on Cameron Dominy’s thoughts on Civility
15:53
December 08, 2018
Leadership: The Process
Interview with Dre Zeno owner of Zeno Fitness and Antonio Grate.
34:52
November 30, 2018
A Discussion on Poverty
Reflecting on a recent tweet by Arkansas State Representative
01:00:30
November 19, 2018
Love, Caravans, and Social Media
What does it mean to be human in the context of love?
21:35
November 16, 2018
Reflecting on Meet the Candidates
54:08
November 04, 2018
Meet the Candidates: Andy Hawkins
Candidate for District 70
45:25
September 07, 2018
Meet the Candidates: Asa Hutchinson
Continuing series on Poverty in Arkansas
26:44
August 18, 2018
Meet the Candidates: Spencer Hawks
A Discussion on Poverty in Arkansas
25:33
August 13, 2018
Meet the Candidates: Tara Ward
22:13
August 03, 2018
Birth Disparities in the African American Community
Podcast interview with Nicolle Fletcher, founder of Birth By Design Doula Services
05:31
April 08, 2018
March 21, 2018
Expectations and Courage in our lives
04:32
March 21, 2018
Faith and Fitness Pt 2
Part 2 of our discussion with Dre Zeno about faith and fitness.
04:59
February 14, 2018
Faith and Fitness Pt 1
An Interview with Dre Zeno about faith and fitness.
04:36
February 14, 2018
Journey in a Human Experience
Our human experiences involve many changes and evidences of grace we should celebrate.
04:41
February 12, 2018
Process Theology Pt 2
Part two of our interview with Dr. Jay McDaniel
04:48
February 01, 2018
Process Theology
An interview with Dr. Jay McDaniels and a discussion on Process Theology.
09:43
February 01, 2018
Episode 1: Who is Man?
Who is Man?
04:18
January 25, 2018