Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Libertarian Fairy Tale View (One of Many Examples)

    May 5, 2016

    David Burress

    Most libertarians believe in property rights that are defined by natural law rather than government. An important case would consist in fungible land rights, i.e. the ability to buy and sell and subdivide and mortgage small plots. In some small primitive villages without much outside interference land tenure might be based on consensual memory, though ...

  • The Necessary Prioritizing of Abortion Rights

    May 4, 2016

    David Burress

    Kansas is in the bottom three or four states with respect to abortion rights, depending on who does the ranking. Ten years ago we were near the middle of the pack. However, losing successive elections to radical religious right ideologues has consequences.   I generally hate litmus test issues, because progressivism needs to be a big tent ...

  • Koch-Backed Bill Does Nothing for Actual Free Speech

    May 3, 2016

    David Burress

    Last Thursday, the House Ways and Means has reported out a bill supported by the Koch brothers and based, as usual, on a lie. In this case, the lie is that the bill will protect the American right to engage in anonymous free speech. Granted that there should be, and is, such a right. However ...

  • New Findings in Educational Theory

    April 29, 2016

    David Burress

    A new working paper by Roland Fryer*, a top economist at Harvard, looks to be the most important review or summary of educational research ever published (even though focused only on math and reading). It reverses some earlier review conclusions that were based on nonexperimental or quasi-experimental evidence. E.g. class size really does matter, just ...