Barry Brownstein's Blog

Barry Brownstein's Blog

Can Grammar Be Racist? The University of Washington Thinks So

To combat this perceived racism they promise to “emphasize the importance of rhetorical situations over grammatical ‘correctness.’”

Should we Subsidize Universities that Restrict Free Speech?

Are taxpayers, students, and parents subsidizing the violation of fundamental constitutional rights? If so, why should they?

Is Tribalism the Worst Idea in History?

My student, the color drained from his face, explained that a blood feud had just begun that would continue for generations.

Hatred of Trump Reveals the Hatred Within

Those leading the boycott may be suffering from what one author calls the Othello Principle: “The eye sees what the mind looks for.”

A Lesson We All Can Learn from the Chicago Torture Case

There is a powerful human inclination to reduce others to mere objects.

Why Wandering Minds Are Unhappy Minds

A pair of Harvard researchers found that humans spend nearly half their time thinking about something other than what they’re doing.

Why the Hell Are Politicians Trying to Run Airlines?

Charles Schumer is upset that an airline wants to charge people for overhead space.

What Spawned Abdul Artan’s Rage?

Friends and students described the now-dead Ohio State student as bright, humble, and nice. So what went wrong?   

3 Reasons We Don’t We Feel More Gratitude for Our Bounty

How often do we overestimate our own contributions and underestimate the contributions of others?

Twitter Doesn’t Realize that Protecting Hate Speech Promotes Tolerance

Which is more dangerous: “Offensive” words or suppression of speech?