Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • What to Expect in the Next Four Years

    November 11, 2016

    David Burress

    It is impossible to make firm predictions about upcoming macropolicy. Trump has promised both sides on a lot of issues, and feels no compunction about contradicting himself from one sentence to the next. Even more more importantly, he apparently has the delusion that business success gives you the skills you need in governing. (Successful business ...

  • Totalitarianism is Alive

    November 10, 2016

    David Burress

    Movement conservatives in power usually avoid open or visible lawbreaking, but they have no respect for the traditions and conventions that make democracy possible. Instead they seek to systematically disempower and destroy all actual or potential opposition. In Kansas you can see this in the vote suppression movement, the defunding of Planned Parenthood, the subversion ...

  • New Party System Ahead?

    November 9, 2016

    David Burress

    Political analysts are talking about Trumpism leading to a new party system. I don’t see it happening, or at least I don’t seen how drastic changes are possible in the near term. “Party system” is academic jargon for the alignment of major factions or interests into the two party system. Every thirty years or so they ...

  • More on the Trumpists

    November 2, 2016

    David Burress

    Two kinds of explanations are being proposed for Trumpism–economic and social. Both are based on mobilized ressentiment, a form of class rage. According to the economic story, Trumpists are angry about the economic loss and stagnation of the middle class, which is to say a loss in absolute status or well-being. According to the social ...