Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • A strategy on free-rider “right to work” laws.

    February 20, 2017

    David Burress

    I think unions should adopt a long-term legal strategy attacking “right to work” laws as unconstitutional takings.   First we need to place some learned articles in law journals, then start a litigation strategy.  In particular, so-called right-to-work laws allow workers who refuse to join a union and refuse to pay agency fees to nevertheless demand that ...

  • The Real Hot Seat

    February 17, 2017

    David Burress

    If I were a TV host interviewing a politician, I’d have running totals at the bottom of the screen, giving numbers of: evasions; mainly truthful straight answers; straight answers that were misleading or direct lies or falsehoods; and evasive lies not responsive to a question.   A shrewd interviewer could make those calls as the conversation progresses, ...

  • All Lives Matter?

    February 16, 2017

    David Burress

    The slogan “all lives matter” was popularized by folks who deep down actually believe the dead opposite, which is typical of right-wing propaganda.  They love to appropriate left wing egalitarian rhetoric, twisted with an underlying right wing antiegalitarian intent.   However, imagine a world where all lives really did matter.  Would that be a better world than ...

  • Government and Taxes In the Big Picture

    February 15, 2017

    David Burress

    A substantial majority of what government does consists in providing insurance policies that private markets could not possibly provide.  This portion of government consists in transfer payments plus direct provision of what are basically private goods like education and health care.  The government provides (or should provide) insurance that you and your children and your ...