Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Against the “Privilege” Frame

    May 23, 2017

    David Burress

    Like a lot of progressives I once had an aha! moment when it sunk in somewhat painfully that the obverse side of oppression of one group is privilege for the non-oppressed group. That experience leaves many progressives with the impression that the “privilege” frame is politically effective.   I think it is actually counterproductive. That which works ...

  • Dubious Rewards

    May 18, 2017

    David Burress

    Julian Assange’s Wikileaks has offered $100,000 for a copy of the Trump-Comey tapes. Previously he has offered rewards for information on Obama Administration misdeeds, and for information on the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.   I do not admire this practice.   1. These rewards mark Assange as a partisan actor attacking specific enemies. (There is other evidence ...

  • Izzy’s method

    May 17, 2017

    David Burress

    To my mind, I.F. Stone was the greatest left-wing journalist of my lifetime. He did almost all of his work by concentrating on two sources: Newspapers and government documents. He knew that EVERY SOURCE has biases. Therefore ferreting out the truth is a matter of cross-comparing sources while forming an ever-more-sophisticated theory of how each ...

  • Koch Payoff

    May 11, 2017

    C. Joshua Shepard

    The Koch brothers’ politically contributions to Sam Brownback have been extraordinarily profitable   In 2012, on top of a tax rate cut for wealthy people who didn’t really need it, under the leadership of  Governor Sam Brownback the Kansas legislature approved a complete exemption  from paying any tax for LLCs (or Limited Liability Companies,  limited partnerships, and ...