Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • The Lingering Bias Shared by Religious Fundamentalists

    March 16, 2016

    David Burress

    For a long time something about the history of the theory of Darwinian evolution bothered me a lot: why did it take so long to discover? Compared with physics theories that depend on calculus, or chemistry theories that require a lot of detailed knowledge, it is not all that difficult to understand. You can explain ...

  • Not a Bug in the System but a Feature

    March 14, 2016

    David Burress

    It is high time to recognize that the Brownbackian destruction of Kansas’s credit rating is not a bug. It is a feature. Actually, it is emerging as a central feature. In the “starve the beast” strategy, it is not enough to merely reduce the tax base to the point where services viewed by the majority can no ...

  • “Common Core Standards”

    March 9, 2016

    David Burress

      No telling what people mean when they oppose “Common Core Standards.” The term has 3 precise meanings plus at least 3 more vague meanings. Precise meanings: 1. Original meaning: document from an interstate Governor’s commission listing the things you ought to know in core courses by grade level. (A good and much needed thing, especially when kids ...

  • 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 ...