Wim Laven

Wim Laven

Wim Laven teaches courses in political science and conflict resolution at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and is on the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association.

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 Research shows people are stockpiling guns, white men in particular. They are less educated, worried about their ability to protect their families, insecure about work, and have racial anxiety. Stockpiling sometimes fills a void in their lives and can accompany hero fantasies. One study found that “for each 1 point increase in symbolic racism there was a 50% increase in the odds of having a gun at home.” Views
Saturday, November 02, 2019
Should You Be Afraid of the Fascists in Your Community?
I get accused of “being over-the-top” and using hyperbole by conservative friends and acquaintances with increasing frequency. This is caused, in large part, by me being a vocal and active contributor to the public discourse about issues of peace and justice. I am called a “snowflake” for...
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Copies of the "Mueller Report" printed by the US Government Publishing Office are seen at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on April 24, 2019. Views
Sunday, June 16, 2019
We Need Evidence-Based Decision Making
Imagine for a moment that political discussions can assume the same evidence-based knowledge as active components in decision making as treatment pathways do when responding to illness and disease. The impact of care is studied out of a need for protecting and preserving quality of life. Politics...
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Trump tosses rolls of paper towels like basketballs to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017 Views
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Hurricane Trump, Season 2
A year ago I wrote about the problems in Houston , I wrote with great frustration about political expedience, poor planning, and supreme errors in judgment coupled with selfishness, but things have gotten so much worse. In Houston Trump knew that he should wait, the lesson was clear , and he...
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The Shameful Exploitation of Martin Luther King Jr. Views
Saturday, April 07, 2018
The Shameful Exploitation of Martin Luther King Jr.
At 12:17 p.m. on April 4 th Congressman Barry Loudermilk posted , “‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’ – Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.” to his Facebook wall. At 9:13 a.m. Vice President Pence posted : “50 years ago today, Dr...
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Donald Trump Views
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Progress Report, Donald Trump: Failing
Assessments are a key tool in most fields. In some industries they are provided through do-well/do-better meetings, in others through critical feedback loops, and, in mine, through teacher evaluations and student report cards. In order to be effective assessments use rubrics to assess key data...
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Marchers, signs, and tent at the March on Washington, 1963 Views
Saturday, July 01, 2017
A Political or Apolitical 4th of July?
With a long holiday weekend lined up for the 4 th of July most people are probably worried about having enough food for the barbeque, or hoping that their get-togethers aren’t too political. Facebook will be littered with messages of freedom, and assorted dissents. I post a link to Frederick...
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