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Humanity Matters

Humanity Matters

By Dr. Phillip D. Fletcher
Weekly podcast on faith and philosophy, nonprofit leadership, and social issues.
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A Discussion on Fatherhood
A heartfelt discussion on the emotions, assumptions, and hopes of being a father. 
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.
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:    Connect with Foundation for Economic Education:    Article referenced in this interview:
June 14, 2021
Ask Dr. Phil Spring 2021
Taking questions from our listeners. 
June 5, 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
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:   * **  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    3. Murray Rothbard:
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.
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.
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. 
May 8, 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 Instagram: @deniseleetalks
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” “Black Demographics” CDC Abortion Data 1990
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! 
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. 
April 6, 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! 
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.
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:
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!
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, and 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 ( every Wednesday night at 9:00 PM EST. Connect with Martha Bueno on Twitter: @MarthaBueno18 Become a sponsor!
March 2, 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: 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.  
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. 
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 
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.
February 8, 2021
Black Educational Optimism
Enjoy this audio essay from Dr. Fletcher discussing the educational progress of Black Americans.  For more visit:
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.
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. 
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. 
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! 
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:
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. 
November 9, 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 
November 6, 2020
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: The Constitutionality of Federal Masks Mandates:
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: Democrat Platform: Republican Platform: 
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.
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."
October 8, 2020
Moving Beyond Black, White, and All the Other Colors
Download the new slide deck mentioned in this podcast.
October 3, 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 
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."
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:
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
September 8, 2020
Ask Dr. Phil
Final episode of Season 3!
August 3, 2020
Booker T. Washington 1895 Atlanta Compromise Speech
We continue great speeches from Black Leaders of the past to chart our future.
July 26, 2020
Race and Your Why
Talking about Senator Tim Scott, Why do you advocate for others, and Marxism.
June 29, 2020
Steps to Justice and Reconciliation
Reviewing Dr. King’s approach to nonviolent direct action
June 15, 2020
Frederick Douglass: What Are the Colored People Doing for Themselves?
Essay in 1845 appearing in the North Star
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
May 13, 2020
Reviewing HR 266 and Protest
What is protest? Going over the details of HR 266
April 23, 2020
Quarantine Life: Raw and Unfiltered
The Ideas of Mortality, Health, Freedom, the State, Shame, and How I Have Changed.
April 21, 2020
Talking about Quarantine Life with Mrs. Nicolle Fletcher
The wifey joins me this week as we talk all things quarantine.
April 17, 2020
Proposed HR Bill for 16Year Olds.
$2000 a month for 16 year olds?!
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. 
April 15, 2020
Covid Era of Citizen Policing
Looking at shame and political punishment
April 9, 2020
Speaking my Mind while You Stay ar Home.
Just speaking very frankly.
April 3, 2020
Homebound, Spring Break, and Senate Bill 3548
Talking about week 2 of COVID, Spring Break, and Senate Bill 3548
March 24, 2020
Being a Black Male in America Part 2
Discussing mental health, bridging gaps, and creating understanding.
March 15, 2020
Being a Black Male in America Pt1
An interview with Drew Foote about perceptions, frustrations, and progress
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.
February 29, 2020
Freedom, Exclusion, and our American Future
Engaging with Volf and Nietzsche
February 13, 2020
Being Honest in America
Reflecting on America
February 6, 2020
Simone Biles and John Rawls
Talking about the Super Bowl, Simone Biles, and John Rawls Theory of Justice
February 4, 2020
Kobe, Merit, and Productivity
Reflecting on Kobe Bryant. Talking about the difference between merit and productivity
January 27, 2020
Entrepreneurship, Arkansas Refugees, and Ethnic Expectations
Do those in low income situations work hard? What expectations do you have of yourself?
January 14, 2020
Nonviolence, Iran, and War
Reflecting on current events
January 8, 2020
2020 Looking Ahead
New year and new episodes! Plus a new book!
January 6, 2020
Movies, Imagination, and Black America
Taking time to riff on a few topics I love. Also a contest!
December 10, 2019
Practicing Truth, Fairness, Friendship, and Mutual Benefit.
Talk given to the Conway Rotary concerning the poor and homeless.
December 6, 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.
November 19, 2019
Ask Dr. Phil Anything (Well almost Anything🤔)
Answering questions on the Constitution, welfare, leadership, and other topics.
November 9, 2019
Women Entrepreneurs: Jessica Crum and Kate Carnahan
Entrepreneurs, creatives, and do working space
November 6, 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.
November 5, 2019
Women Entrepreneurs: Joyia Yorgey
Nonprofit founder and executive director of Arkansas Asset Builders
November 4, 2019
Women Entrepreneurs: Teneicia Roundtree
Listen and learn from Conway Entrepreneur Teneicia Roundtree
November 1, 2019
Moral Philosophy: Poverty and Homelessness
A question and answer session with University of Central Arkansas students regarding poverty and homelessness
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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. 
October 7, 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. 
October 3, 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.
September 29, 2019
A Discussion on Attention: Living a Wild and Precious Life.
How are you paying attention to your wild and precious life?
September 20, 2019
Perspectives on Poverty
Keynote address at the University of Central Arkansas
September 18, 2019
Ask Dr. Phil: The Feel My Thoughts Episode.
Engaging in some question and answer this week!
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.
September 11, 2019
Public Service and Leadership Collaboration
Keynote address at Hendrix College for Honors Students 
September 10, 2019
What do people have to offer to those in need? 
September 7, 2019
Human Dignity and Business
Talking about Reading lists, Gun Control, and Business
August 22, 2019
Civility Revisited
Looking at recent events in America as a springboard to look at cultivating civility.
August 11, 2019
Human Dignity and Faith
Today we talk about the Democratic Debates, Immigration, and Faith.
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.
June 16, 2019
An Introduction to Human Dignity
Introduction to the new series on Human Dignity 
June 7, 2019
The Future of White Brothers and Sisters in America
Lecture given at the monthly event the Public Square
February 26, 2019
Interview with UJIMA Maternity Network
Today we meet with the UJIMA Maternity Network discussing maternal health among Black women in America.
February 19, 2019
The Public Sphere and Nonprofit Leadership
Lecture at Hendrix College discussing The Public Sphere and Nonprofit Leadership
February 3, 2019
Ask Dr. Phil Anything(Well Almost Anything)| #Philmythoughts
Question and answer day on almost anything
December 21, 2018
Civility: The Shared Reality and How to Cultivate more Civil Opportunities
Reflecting on Cameron Dominy’s thoughts on Civility
December 8, 2018
Leadership: The Process
Interview with Dre Zeno owner of Zeno Fitness and Antonio Grate.
November 30, 2018
A Discussion on Poverty
Reflecting on a recent tweet by Arkansas State Representative
November 19, 2018
Love, Caravans, and Social Media
What does it mean to be human in the context of love?
November 16, 2018
Meet the Candidates: Andy Hawkins
Candidate for District 70
September 7, 2018
Meet the Candidates: Asa Hutchinson
Continuing series on Poverty in Arkansas
August 18, 2018
Meet the Candidates: Spencer Hawks
A Discussion on Poverty in Arkansas
August 13, 2018
Birth Disparities in the African American Community
Podcast interview with Nicolle Fletcher, founder of Birth By Design Doula Services
April 8, 2018
March 21, 2018
Expectations and Courage in our lives
March 21, 2018
Faith and Fitness Pt 2
Part 2 of our discussion with Dre Zeno about faith and fitness.
February 14, 2018
Faith and Fitness Pt 1
An Interview with Dre Zeno about faith and fitness.
February 14, 2018
Journey in a Human Experience
Our human experiences involve many changes and evidences of grace we should celebrate.
February 12, 2018
Process Theology Pt 2
Part two of our interview with Dr. Jay McDaniel
February 1, 2018
Process Theology
An interview with Dr. Jay McDaniels and a discussion on Process Theology.
February 1, 2018
Episode 1: Who is Man?
Who is Man?
January 25, 2018