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  • Lack of Term Limits Not the Underlying Problem

    March 8, 2016

    David Burress

    Term limits are a fundamentally right-wing limit on democracy designed for maximum appeal to populists. The underlying notion is that there is something dirty in being a career politician. You cannot believe that and also believe in a representative democracy. To see how it works out in practice, look to our neighboring state of Missouri–a political ...

  • Clarifying Why the Assumption of Symmetry Between Parties Is Wrong

    March 3, 2016

    David Burress

    In response to Paul Krugman’s post from the other day, I don’t find it so strange that Democrats are a coalition of interests, Republicans are a unity of ideology. I find it very nearly inevitable. First: the underlying and ongoing issue in two party politics in a capitalist representative democracy is always the haves versus the ...

  • Good Guy with a Gun Fallacy

    March 3, 2016

    David Burress

    The theory that allowing guns in the workplace would have saved lives in Hesston is based on the fallacy known as “anchoring” or “anecdotal reasoning.” If viewed as a scientific theory, it depends on many low probability assumptions. When you multiply a lot of low probabilities together you get an infinitesimal probability. Some assumptions are: 1. that ...

  • Amendment to the Kansas Constitution needed

    March 2, 2016

    David Burress

    Neither the Kansas nor the US Constitution mentions a right to vote, let along a right to have your vote count equally. If there were such an explicit right, it would give a stronger cause of action against many forms of antidemocratic manipulation, including gerrymandering and proof of citizenship tests for registration. It would also ...