Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Endemic Errors in Right Wing Thinking

    November 22, 2016

    David Burress

    I don’t believe I have ever in my life had a truly satisfying argument with a traditional conservative or radical rightist. By “satisfying” I mean an argument not sidetracked by deep cognitive errors that, to my mind, should be unnecessary for making a conservative case. I am not referring to the inevitable shallow errors thrown ...

  • Notes on Dealing with Liars

    November 17, 2016

    David Burress

    “Liar” is a overused and underanalyzed epithet. It carries along two very different ideas: 1. intentionally false or recklessly unsupported claim in a particular case; or 2. a general character flaw leading to repeated lies.   There was a time when people believe that good people never lie, so the two concepts were nearly merged.   However we have come to ...

  • Brownback’s Chickens

    November 16, 2016

    David Burress

    Brownback’s chickens come home to roost on Kansas highways (or: building roads that chickens can’t cross):   Kansas just “postponed” 24 significant road projects. All of them are maintenance and repair projects rather than new additions to the highway stock. So guess what: six years of stealing from the highway fund to finance tax cuts for rich ...

  • Wedge Issues Work

    November 15, 2016

    David Burress

    You can get at a big issue by pushing a tiny but very popular law. I propose that the Kansas statehouse moderates push for a tiny law that outlaws individuals other than peace officers from carrying firearms into hospital emergency rooms without specific authorization from hospital authorities. Make it a Kansas misdemeanor (up to $1000 fine ...