Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Government Values For Sale

    January 24, 2017

    David Burress

    In a traditional democratic republic, the government itself plays an important role in maintaining the civil values that make democracy possible.  One of the ways it does this is by commemorating important figures and events by means of public statues and through names assigned to public facilities.   Now Lawrence, Kansas is proposing the sale to the ...

  • Bad Arguments on Abortion

    January 23, 2017

    David Burress

    I’m prochoice, but I get tired of the leading arguments on both sides of the debate, because they are perfectly bad arguments.   The prochoice side needs to accept that a woman’s right to choose is NOT a matter of tolerating other women’s choices and not making judgments. We would never say that about murder. So what ...

  • The world champion of vote obstructers

    January 19, 2017

    David Burress

    The world champion of vote obstructers rides once more into the breech.   The indefatigable Chris Kobach is asking the Kansas legislature for yet another insidious barrier to voting. He wants authority to run a bifurcated election, in which people who registered using federally authorized forms would not be allowed to vote in state and local elections. ...

  • 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 ...