Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • 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.

  • Standard Radical Right Foul Play

    July 14, 2016

    David Burress

    Even though a federal judge held it to be illegal, and even though it has no basis in statutory law, Tuesday a Republican-dominated legislative committee adopted a special rule disenfranchising 17,000 Kansas voters from state but not federal elections. So we will need 2 kinds of ballots and 2 kinds of counting process. The rule applies ...