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Author: Pardeep Kaleka

Stochastic Terrorism: How the politics of spreading fear can lead to deadly violence

Stochastic Terrorism is a little known term but well utilized strategy to incite violence. After the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue, it is a term that we should get more accustomed to using and identifying. Popularly defined as “the use of mass, public communication, usually against an individual or group which incites or inspires acts of terrorism which are statistically probable but seem to happen at random.” Stochastic Terrorism has been a strategy utilized to justify anything from historical genocides to contemporary violence. I call this type of Terrorism the Eddie Haskell effect. Eddie Haskell, the fictional...

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Confirmation looping on social media shows the predictability of fearful behavior

Over recent weeks I have found myself very hesitant to post anything on social media, and I especially recognize my refrain from posting controversial material. While part of this is due to having limited energy and time, and not wanting to exhaust that on the world wide web. However, another crucial factor I feel is that social media is decreasing my ability to be creative. It is incidentally making me boring and predictable by subconsciously posting topics for the yay-sayers. I am also seeing this play out in our daily lives, as our social media posts garner very predictable...

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Chardi Kala: A community reflects on six years since the Sikh Temple Shooting

In the memory of Paramjit Kaur, Satwant Singh Kaleka, Prakash Singh, Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, and Suveg Singh. “How is your community doing?” is the most common question we have been asked since the 2012 Sikh Temple Shooting in Oak Creek. My reply has always been, “we are in great spirits, we are in Chardi Kala (Relentless Optimism).” While most respond with an understanding nod, I sometimes see uncertainty in their eyes. How can a community be doing well after one of the deadliest hate crimes was committed in a place of sanctuary? To Sikhs, there is nothing better...

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When the power of positive thought becomes toxic

The reality of our society lacking compassion can be hard to swallow, especially with the awareness that the condition may have always been that way. The recent headlines in the news regarding the separation of immigrant families has us once again questioning if Milwaukee’s society, and the very foundation of our country, has any compassion. There are two very polar opposite views on the issue, and examining them from both extremes of the spectrum offers a better perspective on the social forces at work. On one side there are those who are very sympathetic to the plight of immigrants...

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Proximity, Similarity, and the Mechanics of Accepting Lies

As Donald Trump addressed the issue of California sanctuary city laws on May 17, he went on his latest rant about illegal immigrants in what has become a sustained assault on the psychology of Americans with his campaign to dehumanize people who are not white. Fresno County Sheriff Margret Mims conveniently set the stage with her comment, “There could be [a] MS-13 gang member I know about, if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about them.” Trump responded, without mentioning anything specifically about MS-13, “We have people coming into the country or trying to come...

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Pardeep Singh Kaleka: The Gift of Our Wounds

Our journey began in America when I was 6 years old. When my mother, father, brother, and myself immigrated over, our status simply read “Resident Alien.” Coming from a small and humble faming town in Northern India, this was probably an improvement from the life that we would have led had we stayed, or was it? It can be concluded that this is probably the mindset of nearly every immigrant. The idea that this American Dream will lead to a better life. The year was 1982 when we moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a small manufacturing town, built on beer...

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