Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Izzy’s method

    May 17, 2017

    David Burress

    To my mind, I.F. Stone was the greatest left-wing journalist of my lifetime. He did almost all of his work by concentrating on two sources: Newspapers and government documents. He knew that EVERY SOURCE has biases. Therefore ferreting out the truth is a matter of cross-comparing sources while forming an ever-more-sophisticated theory of how each ...

  • Koch Payoff

    May 11, 2017

    C. Joshua Shepard

    The Koch brothers’ politically contributions to Sam Brownback have been extraordinarily profitable   In 2012, on top of a tax rate cut for wealthy people who didn’t really need it, under the leadership of  Governor Sam Brownback the Kansas legislature approved a complete exemption  from paying any tax for LLCs (or Limited Liability Companies,  limited partnerships, and ...

  • Abortion Positioning

    May 9, 2017

    David Burress

    I keep thinking about this claim that progressives can’t take Congress without a big tent that tolerates some candidates who are soft on abortion rights. That could well be true, but there are some nuances.   First, there is the often misunderstood ideological landscape. No candidate can get endorsed by anti-abortion organizations without adopting (or seeming to ...

  • How Will Trumpism Play Out?

    May 8, 2017

    David Burress

    Trump has nothing like the crafty intelligence of the fascist and reactionary dictators who seized power in Europe between the World Wars. He has no comprehensible ideology of his own to speak of. His popularity will never grow beyond the 40% who voted for him and stay loyal.   What he does have is a working alliance ...