August 2, 2019

The Open Door looks to South America. Co-host Mario Ramos-Reyes, returning from his travels to S.A., will help us answer questions that include the following. Feel free, friends, to submit others!
  1. How did you find Paraguay, your homeland? What is the political reality there?
  2. What is the overall situation of democratic regimes in South America?
  3. Some say that there are new signs of a return to authoritarian-populism, for instance, in Argentina. Might that happen, and if it does how might it affect the whole region?
  4. Does the Catholic Church still have cultural and political influence in South America? Does Christian Democracy still have influence?
  5. Latin America faces serious challengesEnvironmental changes, inequality, and increasing violence force millions of its people to live inuncertainty. Of all of these challengeswhich poses the greatest threat?
  6. How can the US help make Latin American democracy more stable?Can Latin American governments guarantee the rule of law?
  7. What is the situation in Venezuela? In Puerto Rico people succeeded in winning the Governor’s resignation. Can that happen in Venezuela?
  8. Inequality is a painfully visible and historical stigma in Latin America. Do you see a “solution” to this problem?
  9. It is said that Latin America has restrictive and undemocratic laws against “reproductive rights.” Is that true?
  10. Some say that in Argentina, where Pope Francis is widely revered, the Catholic Church’s influence on politics is stronger than in Ireland. Is this true?

July 26, 2019

This week The Open Door welcomes our friend Prof. Peter Redpath. Joining him will be Prof. Curtis Hancock. He is Coordinator of the Concentration in the History of Philosophy at Holy Apostles College & Seminary, Cromwell, Connecticut and taught for 32 years at Rockhurst Jesuit University, Kansas City, Missouri. For over a decade he taught for “Great Books Discussions,” an on-line homeschooling program.

We’ll mostly talk about metaphysics, but politics will be waiting in the wings.

Our questions will include the following.
1. Just what is metaphysics about?
2. We’re only parts of reality, so how can we understand the whole of it?
3. Can we understand anything that reaches beyond our sense experiences?
4. How can we know anything other than what we find in our own consciousness?
5. Why do Thomists distinguish between essence and existence?
6. What is existential Thomism?
7. How can political engagement raise metaphysical questions? What are some examples of the interaction of politics and metaphysics?
8. The American Solidarity Party emphasizes solidarity (!), subsidiarity, and economic democracy. In doing so, what sort of metaphysics comes into play?

Our weekly podcast will be available within a day or two after our discussion.

Why not give us a hearing!

July 19, 2019

Jim Hanink interviews Catholic author Rick Akins concerning his book The Rebirth of Nicodemus.

July 12, 2019

This week on The Open Door we explore how a commitment to the common good calls for ecological conversion and a restructuring of our political economy. Our special guests are Frank Morris and Joe Schriner. Both are active members of the American Solidarity Party, as well as “frank and candid” commentators on the established disorder.
We tackle the following questions—and more!
1. Why is the common good central to Catholic Social Teaching?
2. What links the principle of subsidiarity with distributism?
3. How does the principle of solidarity call for the ecological conversion of the economy?
4. Why is consumerism a threat to the common good?
5. How does our fossil fuel political economy endanger the common good?
6. What models can help us replace the fossil fuel political economy?
7. Why is it politically inconvenient to admit the obvious: the Iraq war was largely about oil?
8. Just what is cybernetics and what distinctive threats does it pose?
Please listen in!

July 5, 2019
In this episode of The Open Door, Jim Hanink and Mario Ramos-Reyes engaged Brendan Sweetman, philosophy professor at Rockhurst University, on the topic of pluralism.

June 28, 2019

Jim Hanink and Mario Ramos-Reyes interview Heather Erb and Steve Bertucci concerning the Great Books.
  1. What is a Great Book and what is Great Books education?
  2. How does this system of education relate to other approaches?
  3. How does the Great Books approach serve the true purposes of education?
  4. How does philosophical anthropology ground the Great Books education?
  5. What are some critiques of this method of education, and can they be answered?
  6. What is distinctive about the Angelicum Academy Great Books Program?
  7. What does the GBP consider to be the proper ends of education?
  8. What is the best time for a student to begin reading/discussing the Great Books?
  9. Is the program open to anyone?
  10. What is the primary benefit to students in the program?

June 21, 2019
In this episode, Jim Hanink and Mario Ramos-Reyes engage Catholic author Samantha Delfin on the new Vatican document “Male and Female He Created Them.”

June 14, 2019
We’ll be asking our guest, Prof. Peter Redpath, the following questions.
1. Which Thomists have contributed most to your way of “thinking Thomistically”?
2. Just what is philosophical dialectic?
3. Which of the following is most satisfactory and why?
Philosophy is:
  • the attempt to justify basic beliefs and the analysis of the concepts in terms of which they are expressed.
  • the science of all things learned through their ultimate causes by natural reason.
  • chiefly a logical system of abstract essences, or ideas, and their impersonal, essential relations.
  • chiefly a cooperative, trans-generational, individual, cultural, and psychological enterprise.
4. How does the classical virtue of prudence fit in the philosophical enterprise?
5. Has today’s dominant culture largely subverted the everyday meaning of “psychology” and “psychological”?
6. How is it that thought exists in the soul?
7. What is Christian Philosophy? 
8. How do you understand liberal democracy? What problems does itface?
9. Can there be a conservative democracy? What about a natural law liberalism?
 How would you assess, in broad terms, the platform of the American Solidarity Party? (See website.)

June 7, 2019
This week we will be talking with Skylar Covich about the following:
1. Media strategy
2. Ballot access strategy
3. Local chapter development
4. Our place in the presidential campaign generally
5. California legislature

May 10, 2019
This week we will be talking again with American Solidarity Party candidate “Average Joe” Schriner. You can check out his Facebook page and his website

May 3, 2019
In this episode of The Open Door, Jim Hanink, Mario Ramos-Reyes, and Christy Yao engage Peter Redpath in a conversation about the soul. Their points of discussion include the following:

1. What is the soul?
2. Where is the soul?
3. How do mistakes abut the soul lead to mistakes about the body?
4. What makes an institution soul-less?
5. How can we make soul-less institutions come alive?
6. Are such questions as the above at issue today, in a new fashion, in Poland (and Central Europe)?

April 26, 2019

In this episode of The Open Door, show hosts Jim Hanink, Matthew Bartko and Mario Ramos-Reyes engage American Solidarity Party presidential candidate Brian Carroll for a second round of his vision for society.

April 19, 2019

This week, The Open Door will be joined again by American Solidarity Party candidate Joshua Perkins.

April 12, 2019

This week we will be talking with American Solidarity Party presidential candidate Joshua Perkins. You can check out his Facebook page

April 5, 2019

This week we will be talking with American Solidarity Party candidate Brian T. Carroll. You can check out his Facebook page and his website

March 29, 2019
This week we will be talking with American Solidarity Party candidate “Average Joe” Schriner.
You can check out his Facebook page and his website

March 22, 2019

This week we will be discussing issues regarding access to water. We will discuss:

-History of water crises, especially in the US

-Hetch Hetchy Dam:

-Cochabamba Water Wars–Caribbean/bolivia-the-water-war-to-resist-privatisation-of-water-in-cochabamba-157

-The state of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan

-The future of water

March 15, 2019

This week we will be talking about the need for clean air, water and soil. What is going on with the environmental issue affecting people today and what does the Solidarity Party have to say about it.

From the platform: Stewardship of the Environment

We believe in the responsibility of every generation to serve as stewards of the Earth. We recognize the intrinsic value of nature. We must work to fix the deficits of the past, act as responsible managers in the present, and ensure for future generations a planet that is healthy and thriving . We reject discredited warnings of an overpopulation crisis and believe that human beings are fully capable of building a society that is populous, developed, and permanently sustainable.

We, therefore, support:

  • The scientific consensus that human beings are causing instability in the global climate. We regard this as a humanitarian crisis that must be addressed without delay by the world’s wealthiest nations, including the United States.
  • The necessary levels of government funding for research into safe and renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind power.
  • The incremental roll-back of government support of the use of fossil fuels.
  • A robust regulatory apparatus which conserves our nation’s great natural resources and protects our land, air and water from man-made pollution and degradation.
  • Civil recourse for victims of environmental destruction by individuals and organizations.
  • The institution of pollution taxes to fund research into cleaner methods of production and waste management, and to compensate citizens for abuse of the natural commons.
  • Economic redevelopment initiatives, such as job retraining and direct family aid, in those regions adversely affected by the transition to planet-friendly fuels and modes of production.
  • Policies that incentivize reuse and recycling, deter consumption and decrease disposal.
  • Improved access to affordable, convenient public transportation, and the promotion of healthy alternatives to the individual use of motor vehicles, such as cycling, and walking.
  • The input of indigenous populations in land-use deliberations.
March 8, 2019

This week our friend Prof. Peter Redpath rejoins us. We want to look closely at the ambitious project of reuniting philosophy and science, as well as reuniting science and wisdom. If the project succeeds, technology will be able to wear a human face!

Our discussion will lead us to consider “scientific naturalism.” We’ll also turn our attention to broadly Darwinian theories of evolution. Prof. Redpath contends that such theories fall short of what science, strictly speaking, demands.

Given his position, evolutionary theories of the development of human consciousness over time become less plausible. (David Dennett and Jonathan Haidt: you are hereby invited to come through our “open door” to offer a rebuttal.)

March 1, 2019

This week we will be asking our guests, Vasil Cvetkovski and Chase Padusniak, to revisit the topic of socialism. We will ask:
  • How do you define socialism?
  • How do you define capitalism?
  • Can you be a free market socialist?
  • Is the American Solidarity Party socialist? Is it capitalist?  Is it distributist?
  • Is there a third way economics?
  • Is the American Solidarity Party  a populist political movement?
  • Is the American Solidarity Party a personalist political movement?

February 22, 2019

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