Upstream Ideas


"He who seeks to improve conditions must propagate a new mentality, not merely a new institution." — Ludwig von Mises

Our aim at Upstream Ideas is to do just as Mises suggested by turning the dial on how you look at the political and policy issues facing Illinois, Chicago and our nation. We present new ideas that inform salient policy decisions, start new conversations and move beyond partisan politics all while challenging the status quo.

Dan Proft along with distinguished guests and contributors lay out in-depth issues in a digestible way to better understand why conditions are what they are and how they could be improved. We produce content in a variety of formats including long-form interviews, multiple segment radio shows and mini-monologues. We arm you with new information and fresh perspectives with the goal of making Illinois and the United States of America a bit more free, a bit more just and a bit more civilized.


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Title: WIND: Class Divide On Immigration

WIND: Out Of Touch

February 7th, 2019

What is the Democrats’ message heading into 2020? Is the field of candidates who aren’t parents show how out of touch they are with reality? Is Trump… Go to Episode

WIND: No Adults Allowed

February 7th, 2019

How can New York and Illinois bring people back? Lower their taxes. Why are “pro-business groups” in Chicago advocating for more taxes? Where are… Go to Episode

WIND: 2 Million Pounds

February 4th, 2019

Operation Support Our Troops is sending out their 2 millionth pound box of care packages to troops serving overseas. It started as a small operation and… Go to Episode

WIND: Disingenuous Claims Against Border Wall

February 4th, 2019

Is building a border wall driven from common sense policy rather than political ideology? Are the only people claiming the border wall will be ineffective… Go to Episode