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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WIND:Closer To A Cure To Cancer?

February 5th, 2019

How close are Israeli scientists to a cure for cancer? Does it sound too good to be true? Where has technology and innovation taken us thus far in treating… Go to Episode

WIND: The Policing Of Art

February 5th, 2019

Is coal miners’ “blackface” consistent with the racially offensive blackface? Should the restaurant owner in question clarify the meaning of a photo… Go to Episode

WIND: The Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations

February 4th, 2019

Are conservative judges having trouble surpassing the new thresholds regarding their faith to get their Senate confirmations? How long will Gov. Northam… 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