Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties


  • Double Standard in the Kansas Legislature

    February 8, 2016

    David Burress

    The legislature is rightfully angry at the University of Kansas for obligating a $327M bond for new buildings without consulting them. Odd, they are not quite as angry at Governor Brownback for obligating $20M to tear down the Docking Office building and build a new power plant, meanwhile privatizing quite a lot of government office ...

  • Suggestions for Police Conduct

    February 3, 2016

    David Burress

    Scott Brunsov, who suffered from drug and alcohol addiction, died in a hospital last Monday after an altercation at the Saline County Jail. Police say “It appears he suffered from cardiac arrest,” which of course is true in all deaths. The KBI is investigating. I propose some inferences. 1. A death after a police altercation is nearly ...

  • Notes on The Future of Work

    January 27, 2016

    David Burress

    It is possible to conceive of a world so productive that no one needed to work, and indeed working on matters essential to social functioning would be a privilege that had to be earned. Long before we reach that condition, and assuming we solve our ecological problems, we will reach a world where we can easily ...

  • How Conservatives Think

    December 29, 2015

    David Burress

    By David Burress   All popular political discussions suffer from statistics abuse, but conservative arguments tend to be based on outright statistics denial. There are fundamental psychological reasons for that. Consider the original sin of statistical denial, which is anecdotalism. (Caveat: the following claims are significantly more true of religious conservatives than market libertarians.) As soon as you ...