Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...