Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Results of Gerrymandering

    October 3, 2016

    David Burress

    The logical endpoint and asymptotically approaching radical right plan: one-term term limits. After one term, an outsider becomes an insider, and meanwhile the ever-radicalizing movement-conservatism has moved even further to the right. So they primary-out the incumbent and move on. As long they have 218 gerrymandered GOP-safe House districts, there is no logical stopping point ...

  • Harassment of Individual Not Exactly Free Speech

    September 30, 2016

    David Burress

    The University of Missouri suspended a fraternity for shouting racist words at two black females. I think UM did the right thing.   The problem of hate speech on campus keeps coming up. It is presented as a conflict between free speech rights and rights of students to be treated with equal respect. I disagree, at least ...

  • Education Funding Debate Ignoring Education Needs

    September 28, 2016

    David Burress

    In deciding how much money the Kansas Constitution requires us to provide for a “suitable education,” I think the Kansas Supreme Court conversation has taken an unfortunate turn. The widespread assumption is that we should set a minimum threshold for suitable achievement by grade level, and try to get almost every child up to that ...

  • Educated Elites Part 3

    September 27, 2016

    David Burress

    Here is example of how the Educated Elite have a natural tendency towards egalitarianism.   Consider the legal profession. Legal practice is informed by a concept of justice that depends on two sides to a dispute making their best available arguments, assisted by legal professionals. Now many of those professionals are attracted to law based on desire ...