Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Conservative Catch Phrases

    July 7, 2016

    David Burress

    Many conservative catch phrases do not stand up to common sense, let alone scientific evidence. Even less do they stand up to the requirements of internal consistency. Thus we have: “The country can’t afford X” (for any major non-violent X proposed by moderates or progressives); but also: “We are the greatest country in the world” (even though ...

  • A Tale of Two KPIs

    July 6, 2016

    C. Joshua Shepard

    Yes, we know it can be quite confusing at first.  We’ve heard it from multiple activists: why are we named KPI when there’s already another KPI, Kansas Policy Institute, whose goals are roughly the diametric opposite of ours?  A KPI who, as one recent tweeter described as “a facsist arm of corporate ALEC ”   To be sure, ...

  • Celebrating the Fourth

    July 5, 2016

    C. Joshua Shepard

    The 4th of July is a good time to remind people the only way we can really defend our liberties—a method the ACLU figured out long ago. First you find the most hated and disagreeable sonovabitch on the planet. Then you make sure his rights are absolutely secure. Now keep repeating for the worst remaining ...

  • Consequences of Irresponsible Law Now in Employers’ Hands

    July 1, 2016

    David Burress

    Kansas government workers now have a right to carry concealed guns, without any training and without any consent from their employing agencies. Here is a possible counterattack: employers should establish work rules that impose penalties of termination for reckless acts or accidents or for frightening customers by unconcealing any weapons not authorized by the employer. (Private ...