Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Nonviolent Disruption of Free Speech

    April 26, 2017

    David Burress

    Disrupting speech is an interesting test case for two liberal theories: nonviolent resistance and freedom of speech and assembly.   Now in general I can support just about any form of nonviolent resistance, provided it passes some tests of reasonableness, for example:   1. True nonviolence means that resistance should not consist in damage to persons or property. (Granted ...

  • Shoot Down a North Korean ICBM?

    April 24, 2017

    David Burress

    Another step toward nuclear winter.   Charles Krauthammer thinks the US can and should shoot down a Korean ICBM when it is being tested. I might or might not support that idea if we had a reliable ABM (anti-ballistic missile) capability directed at ICBMs. But we don’t. All we have is a lot of largely untested systems ...

  • GWOT, What?

    April 21, 2017

    David Burress

    The Global War On Terrorism (GWOT) makes (almost) no sense.   Obama fortunately retired the ludicrous rhetoric of Global War On Terror–but not the fact of it.   Terror is a technique, not a nation or a movement or a group. You can’t wipe out a technique.   Assume for the sake of argument (placing the best face on it), let’s ...

  • Surprise: Kansas Regulators Do the Right Thing.

    April 20, 2017

    David Burress

    Yesterday, with stinging words, the Kansas Corporation Commission rejected an effort by one Kansas utility to buy out another one. The KCC said that the offered price was so exorbitantly high that the bonds to pay for it would border on junk bonds. They also said that the claimed synergistic efficiency savings did not exist ...