Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Congress Not at All Responsive to Majority

    July 26, 2016

    David Burress

    Remind yourself from time to time:  as is made clear in a recent Princeton study, we do not have a democracy. ” Over 90% of Americans want background checks , but Congress has failed to act.”   “Over 90% favor laws on clean air and water, but Congress has proposed to weaken them. Almost 80% want to increase ...

  • Ethics of Voting

    July 22, 2016

    David Burress

    Representative democracy is an ethical theory that requires you to vote. Voting is an obligation that provides you with no material advantage. If your vote flips even one important election in your lifetime, count yourself lucky. Nevertheless you OUGHT to vote because, on average, everyone will be better off if everyone votes than if few ...

  • Ingroupism

    July 20, 2016

    David Burress

    Ingroupism is a powerful innate primitive moral intuition shared by nearly all humans. It is “moral” because it leads us to sacrifice individual advantage to the benefit of the group, e.g. in warfare. It is a “primitive intuition” rather than an ethical belief or part of an ethical system because it is unbounded–it doesn’t take ...

  • Yet Another Heretical Idea

    July 15, 2016

    David Burress

    We need a Kansas Constitutional Amendment: The right to vote in all Kansas elections for any US citizen over 18 years of age and residing in Kansas shall not be limited, licensed, or abridged.