S2 E14 | The Freedom Contract – Part 3 on Ignorance


S2 E14 The Freedom Contract – Part 3 on Ignorance

Thank you for joining us to celebrate the virtues of self-rule and debate the state of our republic. Welcome to the Citizens Prerogative Podcast.

Discussion topics in this episode:

  • Provide people with the knowledge and skills to effectively participate in the pursuit of happiness. Teach everyone how to fish for republic’s sake!
  • Provide a full contextual view of humanity and the power of human knowledge and collaboration: anthropology, people’s histories, society, and civics.
  • Ensure that people learn about their environment, their place among it, and how to navigate it using reason and decision making.


  • Michael V. Piscitelli
  • Raymond Wong Jr.

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  • The planks of the Freedom Contract Platform, “In Pursuit of Happiness” (our draft working name for it). The three parts of this series align to the following:
    • Part 1: Freedom from oppression including equal justice for all, digital ownership rights, state surveillance, and other violence.
    • Part 2: Freedom from poverty including a donut-style economic model with a floor to stand on and a ceiling that protects the earth from greed and excess.
    • Part 3: Freedom from ignorance including the development of skills for lifelong learning and adaptability, to collaborate among different groups of people and achieve a common goal, and the value of civic society and science for the sake of knowledge.
  • Shout out to the Future Hindsight podcast, in particular for this subject, check out the episode Fixing High Schools: Ted Dintersmith. Very insightful discussion on the outcomes and expectations we should apply to what learning needs to look like for the future we want to live in.
  • Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function ! Researchers have evidence to make a compelling argument that, “it appears that poverty itself reduces cognitive capacity.” (You may have to register to see the article) – What you need to know is…

“The poor often behave in less capable ways, which can further perpetuate poverty. We hypothesize that poverty directly impedes cognitive function and present two studies that test this hypothesis. First, we experimentally induced thoughts about finances and found that this reduces cognitive performance among poor but not in well-off participants. Second, we examined the cognitive function of farmers over the planting cycle. We found that the same farmer shows diminished cognitive performance before harvest, when poor, as compared with after harvest, when rich. This cannot be explained by differences in time available, nutrition, or work effort. Nor can it be explained with stress”

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  • Intro music sampled from “Okay Class” by Ozzy Jock under creative commons license through freemusicarchive.org.
  • Other music provided royalty-free through Fesliyan Studios Inc. 







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