Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Firesale on Journalism Quality

    December 9, 2016

    David Burress

    The Kansas City Star had a long tradition of intensive investigative projects of national importance.  Their current stories on risky fire fighting practices are an unexpected return to form–sort of.   However the stories are presented in the Star’s more recent extra-long-winded style, with pages of anecdotal examples and human interest stories.  This style has several advantages ...

  • A Test for Your Egalitarianism

    December 8, 2016

    David Burress

    Homeless people are the most disempowered group of oppressed people I can think of. They don’t have any important organized pressure group of their own, which illustrates my earlier claim that you usually need identity politics if you want to establish laws against oppression.   If people who oppose identity politics want to prove they actually care ...

  • Media Doesn’t Get It in Their Hype on Fragility of Democracy

    December 7, 2016

    David Burress

    Representative democracy is a shaken institution world-wide. Anti-democratic right-populist forces have prevailed in Trumpism, Brexit, and the Italian reform defeat, and are advancing in many European countries, while tyrants are rolling back democracy in Turkey and the Philippines. Earlier, the Arab Spring had failed nearly everywhere except Tunisia.   And now the pundits are saying that democracy ...

  • The Challenge of Identity Politics

    December 6, 2016

    David Burress

    “Identity politics” refers to the creation of shared consciousness by an oppressed group as a means of organizing collective action against that oppression. Identity politics has been criticized by the right, left, and center.   The center-right critique is absurd, self-serving, and also an essential component of right-wing ideology. That critique is based on the assumption that ...