Barry Brownstein's Blog

Barry Brownstein's Blog

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

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

Hypocrisy: 3 Telltale Signs of it

Hypocrites often fall into these three traps.

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

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.