Barry Brownstein's Blog

Barry Brownstein's Blog

3 Warning Signs Your Life is a Sitcom About Nothing

3 Warning Signs Your Life is a Sitcom About Nothing

In Seinfeld, the characters often feel like victims. Everyday life, whether it is buying soup or socks, is hard for a Seinfeld character.

U.S. Students Are Using the Tactics of Kim Jong-un

U.S. Students Are Using the Tactics of Kim Jong-un

Repression of speech. Justifying and committing violent acts against speakers you disagree with. Where is all this heading?

The Secret to Living a Life of Mastery

The Secret to Living a Life of Mastery

Many people have bought into the idea that life is or should be an “endless series of climatic moments.”

Black Mirror's 'Nosedive' Reveals that Dystopia is Closer Than You Think

Black Mirror's 'Nosedive' Reveals that Dystopia is Closer Than You Think

The Netflix science fiction show 'Black Mirror' a few years ago portrayed a dystopian future in which people instantly rate every encounter they have.

Gregory Watson: The C Student Who Amended the Constitution

Gregory Watson: The C Student Who Amended the Constitution

In 1982 a University of Texas student stumbled on a proposed constitutional amendment that was never ratified. So he did something about it.

When Euthanasia Becomes Murder

When Euthanasia Becomes Murder

“Legalizing euthanasia doesn’t empower you... It empowers doctors.”

Hypocrisy: 3 Telltale Signs of it

Hypocrisy: 3 Telltale Signs of it

Hypocrites often fall into these three traps.

The Ego is an Enemy

The Ego is an Enemy

An unhealthy belief in the importance of the self makes people reactive, defensive, and unhappy. 

Can Grammar Be Racist? The University of Washington Thinks So

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?

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?