By Dr. Phillip D. Fletcher
Humanity MattersMay 22, 2023
Reflecting on the passing of Timothy Keller and Civility.
Local Leadership for the American Black Community
Your Impact Now and in the Future
Keynote address at the University of Central Arkansas.
People and Profits
A Sub-Culture of Violence
Inclusion and the Grave
Caught up in Wonder
Kindness and Self-Interest
The Man in the Arena ( Part 3)
Legendary Quotes: The Man in the Arena (Part 2)
Legendary Quotes: The Man in the Arena (Part 1)
Our Human Origin and the Relationship to Compassion, Conflict, and Advocacy
Legendary Quotes: Ferris Bueller
Special Episode: Human Dignity and Community Development
Legendary Quotes: Gandalf the Grey
Legendary Quotes: The Impact of Your Profession
Legendary Quotes: PTSD and Filling the Moment with Purpose
Legendary Quote: Giving Up is Emotional and Physical
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’”
Legendary Quote: Meeting Triumph and Disaster in the Context of PTSD and Anxiety
PTSD: A disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.
Legendary Quote: Mental health in Chaotic Environments
Legendary Quotes: Confronting Fear
Legendary Quotes: Death and Life
Legendary Quotes: Keep Moving Forward!
Legendary Quote Series: You Belong Here
Legendary Quote Series: Chief Tecumseh
Technology and Human Flourshing
Raising Men Not Boys: Thankfulness
Raising Men Not Boys: Confronting Life’s Difficulties
Raising Men Not Boys: Decision Making
Raising Men Not Boys: Insights from Jesus, Rocky Balboa, and Learning to Ride a Bike
Raising Men Not Boys: Friendship
Raising Men Not Boys: Control
Raising Men not Boys: Self-Esteem
Raising Men Not Boys: Tyrants
Raising Men not Boys: Tools for Critical Thinking
Raising Men Not Boys: Failures Can Chart the Way Ahead
Sweat, Determination, and Hard Work
Raising Men Not Boys: Humility
Raising Men not Boys: Freedom and Choosing
Raising Men not Boys: Beliefs
Raising Men: Educating Males
In today's episode we interact with the quote by Carl Jung, "Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk."
Raising Men not Boys: Initiation
Dr. Fletcher continues the discussion on raising men and not boys, reflecting on the importance of initiation and how this old practice can assist males in cultivating purpose.
Raising Men not Boys: Purpose
Back in the Saddle
Popular Rebroadcast: Reparations
Sharing my thoughts on the reparations movement for ADOS individuals.
Popular Rebroadcast: Aldous Huxley for Today Part 2
Continuing to look at how Aldous Huxley's Brave New World has resonance today.
Created in Freedom: 330 Million Visions
The final chapter of Created in Freedom: Poverty and Economics
Popular Episode Rebroadcast: Aldous Huxley for Today
Learning from Aldous Huxley and what it means for us today.
Popular Episode Rebroadcast: Transcending Race
Sharing my thoughts on moving beyond the construct of racial distinctions.
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.
Created in Freedom: Economic Environments
An environment which supports the existence of free markets is an environment which we should applaud.
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.
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?
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."
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?
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
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
Impact for Now and in the Future
Keynote address given at the University of Central Arkansas celebrating the accomplishments of students, faculty, and staff.
Humanity Matters: Arkansas Alcohol, Russia and Ukraine
Today we talk about Arkansas Alcohol regulations, the Ukraine situation, and authoritarianism
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.
Lockdown Conversation with special guest Nicolle Fletcher
Dr. Fletcher is joined by Nicolle Fletcher to discuss a wide range of topics to include:
2. Instagram Posts
3. Men and Women Differences
4. Question from listeners
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.
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.
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?”
Humanity Matters for February 6, 2022
Today we talk about Conway news, Arkansas news, and freedom of speech.
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.
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
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.
Heterodox Thinking on Reparations
Talking about reparations and simply asking questions.
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.
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.
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.
Mental Health and the Conway Police Department
Sign Up for the weekly Newsletter, Daily Personalist Living and Leading
Aim, Purpose, and Meaning
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?"
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
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.
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)
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.
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.”
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.
Personalist Living and Leading: Personalism and Christmas
Merry Christmas to our listeners!
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.
Arkansas News and Jussie Smollett
Today's episode covers news from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and reacting to Jussie Smollett verdict.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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!
Personalist Living and Leading: Freedom
Personalist Living and Leading: Self-Determination
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.
Personalist Living and Leading: Freedom, A Definition
Humanity Matters Season 5!
Welcome to Season 5 of the Humanity Matters Podcast!!!
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.
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!
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.
The Church and The State
In today's episode Dr. Phillip Fletcher responds to recent comments by New York Governor Hockul regarding medical procedures.
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
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.
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!
Connect with us.
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.
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?"
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.
Is Coercion Upon Us?
Reacting to Mayor de Blasio's recent announcement about vaccines and access to private establishments in NYC.
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.
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.
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.
Freedom Reflection: The Minimum Wage
Let talk about the minimum wage.
Here is a helpful resource by the late Walter E. Williams
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?
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
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.
A Discussion on Fatherhood
A heartfelt discussion on the emotions, assumptions, and hopes of being a father.
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.
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
Ask Dr. Phil Spring 2021
Taking questions from our listeners.
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
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."
* 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
Riffing on Minnesota, Virginia, and Same ol Same.
This podcast is a recorded episode from a Facebook live event. I hope you enjoy!
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.
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!
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.
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:
Facebook: Spike Cohen
Consider Supporting our Show: https://anchor.fm/humanitymatters/support
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
The Curious Place Called America
What do you think about America? We have a complex history of success and failures.
Email your questions to email@example.com
Interrogating Ideas with Thomas Sowell
Follow this link for a helpful resource on engaging with ideas, especially the difficult ones.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Election 2020 and Voluntary Association
Today we talk about Election 2020 and the libertarian principle of voluntary association.
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.
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
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.
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/
Humanity Matters One on One: Libertarian v Democrat v Republican
Democrat Platform: Democrats.org. Republican Platform: gop.com
Humanity Matters: All Lives Matter v Black Lives Matter
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
Moving Beyond Black, White, and All the Other Colors
Download the new slide deck mentioned in this podcast.
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
Moving Beyond Racial Construction
Today we talk about moving beyond racial constructs.
Check out Thomas Chatterton Williams book, "Self Portrait in Black and White."
Discussing Nonprofits with UCA BearServe Leaders
Meet the Candidates 2020: Joyce Elliott
Ask Dr. Phil
The Power of the Moment: An Essay to Conway, Arkansas.
Booker T. Washington 1895 Atlanta Compromise Speech
Race and Your Why
Sameness and Difference: A Zoom Talk Given to Matthew’s Table in Cleveland, Tennessee
Steps to Justice and Reconciliation
Frederick Douglass: What Are the Colored People Doing for Themselves?
Frederick Douglass: What the Black Man Wants
Reviewing HR 266 and Protest
Quarantine Life: Raw and Unfiltered
Talking about Quarantine Life with Mrs. Nicolle Fletcher
Proposed HR Bill for 16Year Olds.
Life after Quarantine
How can proceed once this quarantine is over? How can we help others, revisit our relationship with government, and being thankful.
Covid Era of Citizen Policing
Speaking my Mind while You Stay ar Home.
Homebound, Spring Break, and Senate Bill 3548
Being a Black Male in America Part 2
Being a Black Male in America Pt1
Ask Dr. Phil
Freedom, Exclusion, and our American Future
Being Honest in America
Simone Biles and John Rawls
Kobe, Merit, and Productivity
Entrepreneurship, Arkansas Refugees, and Ethnic Expectations
Nonviolence, Iran, and War
2020 Looking Ahead
Movies, Imagination, and Black America
Practicing Truth, Fairness, Friendship, and Mutual Benefit.
Jesus Christ: Socialist, Capitalist, or Someone Far Better
Ask Dr. Phil Anything (Well almost Anything🤔)
Women Entrepreneurs: Jessica Crum and Kate Carnahan
Nonprofits and Discerning City Engagement
Women Entrepreneurs: Joyia Yorgey
Women Entrepreneurs: Teneicia Roundtree
Moral Philosophy: Poverty and Homelessness
Understanding Quality of Life for Arkansans. A Panel Discussion
Quality of Life: Radio Interview with Paul Harrell
Understanding the Racial Experience: Relationships, Humility, and Context
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.
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.
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.
Leading Effectively from Start to Finish
A Discussion on Attention: Living a Wild and Precious Life.
Perspectives on Poverty
Ask Dr. Phil: The Feel My Thoughts Episode.
The Spiritual Alphabet: Helpful words for people and our society.
Public Service and Leadership Collaboration
Keynote address at Hendrix College for Honors Students
HEROIC PERSONS: KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO CAPCA STATEWIDE CONFERENCE
Human Dignity and Business
Human Dignity and Faith
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.