Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Why Terrorism Works: Cowardice.

    June 20, 2017

    David Burress

    The tactical goal of terrorism is to terrorize people.  It works because, and only because, politicians and newspapers unanimously help it work.   To the best of my knowledge, not one one major newspaper and no one major politician has ever had the courage to stand up after a terrorist gunman killed five people and say:Grow up! ...

  • Protesting KPERS Pensions

    June 11, 2017

    David Burress

    The Koch-funded Kansas Policy Institute has a hit piece on Kansas government pensioners, complaining because a small share of them stand to gain over $1M (but only if they live at least 20 years. (but only if they survive 20 years or so after retirement).   News flash: that amounts to $50K per year, definitely a decent amount ...

  • Originalism Unfounded

    June 9, 2017

    David Burress

    Right-wing radicals on and off the Supreme Court claim to follow a theory of interpretation based on the “original meaning” of the Constitution. Because the Constitution was written by relatively progressive liberals, there is no possibility that “originalism” could get it right in any meaningful sense. That is, modern right-wing arguments would seem almost incomprehensible ...

  • Are Patents and Copyrights “Efficient”?

    June 8, 2017

    David Burress

    No, not in any absolute sense. They are, however, better than having no government intervention at all.   Actually, standard economic theory shows that intellectual property rights are horribly inefficient, for intuitively obvious reasons. IP rights are legal monopolies and nothing else. If their owners (like most owners) seek profits they will set prices high enough so ...