Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Health Insurance reform

    May 17, 2016

    David Burress

    Health Insurance reform is still on the table. Not so much because the Republicans want to abolish The Affordable Care Act (ACA) –referred to now both affectionately as well as pejoratively as “Obamacare”– but because it didn’t go far enough. At the time I feared Obamacare meant that needed further reforms would be off the ...

  • On Envy

    May 16, 2016

    David Burress

    Annie Dillard’s wonderful meditation “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” contains the memorable line “Evolution loves death more than you or me.” It is a mistake to think that what is natural is always your friend. Evolution also loves competition more than happiness. Consider envy. We are biologically primed to envy those who have what we would like to ...

  • Defining Freedom

    May 13, 2016

    David Burress

    I can think of several historic ways to evaluate the state of American freedom. The most immediate criterion is: what actually happens to dissenters, minorities, and oddballs. The results are mixed. As to political activists, on the one hand we have no Palmer raids. Nonviolent law-abiding opponents of the War on Terror or the National Security ...

  • The Upcoming Surge in Radical-Right Terrorism.

    May 12, 2016

    David Burress

    The unprecedentedly horrendous foreign terrorist attack on 9/11 left us traumatized and hysterical. One hysteria led us into the dumbest war in American history. Another hysteria led to the largest rollback in civil liberties in American history (Patriot Act, torture with impunity, Guantanamo, NSA’s universal electronic snooping, the crackdown on whistleblowers, secret federal spy fusion ...