Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • National Security Letters As Tyranny Per Se

    January 18, 2017

    David Burress

    Under the Patriot Act, National Security Letters allow the FBI to investigate your second party data without a warrant, by merely issuing an NSL, and then they can impose a gag order so that you will never find out you were being spied on.  The gag orders also prevent the data company from lobbying against ...

  • The Everyone Votes Act

    January 17, 2017

    David Burress

    As usual, progressives are fighting defensive wars against issues selected by the radical right.  While we have no choice but to defend the programs they attack, we also need affirmative initiatives to put them on defense.  I believe a new voting rights act should be a top issue.  It is the one issue that unites ...

  • By Deeds Not Words Ye Shall Know Them

    January 16, 2017

    David Burress

    Kansas Secretary of State Chris Kobach’s claim to fame is combating hypothetical voter fraud.  Despite expanded police power he has not located one single case of actual intentional fraud.  However his constant machinations of the registration machinery (which failed every legal test that reached a ruling) led to substantial numbers of voter registrations lost by ...

  • Budget Constraints On Civilization

    January 13, 2017

    David Burress

    Ethics has a budget constraint, a fact that most people find embarrassing.  In particular, any coherent ethical system places implicit dollar values on human lives.  At the extreme, that follows from the fact that a society has limited resources.  If you spend most of it protecting and preserving one particular life, there is less available ...