Barry Brownstein

Barry Brownstein

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Barry Brownstein is professor emeritus of economics and leadership at the University of Baltimore. He is the author of The Inner-Work of Leadership. He blogs at BarryBrownstein.com.

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Gregory Watson: The C Student Who Amended the Constitution

How likely is it that a C college student would set off events that would amend the U.S. Constitution?  After all, amending the Constitution of the United States is notoriously difficult. There have been just 27 amendments in the 241-year...

When Euthanasia Becomes Murder

In the Netherlands an elderly woman suffering from dementia was held down against her protests as a lethal injection was administered by a doctor. In the days before her “euthanasia” she repeatedly said “I don’t want to die.” The doctor was cleared...

Hypocrisy: 3 Telltale Signs of it

Hosting the Academy Awards Jimmy Kimmel found time for these conciliatory words:  “There are millions and millions of people watching right now and if every one of you took a minute to reach out to the person you disagree with, someone you...

The Ego is an Enemy

From President Trump, to entertainers, to students on college campuses, there seems to be no shortage of individuals who are quick to take offense. They are reacting to what seems quite real to them, but truth is not established by one’s...

Can Grammar Be Racist? The University of Washington Thinks So

Grammar is “racist,” according to the professional staff, tutors, and the Director of the writing center at the University of Washington at Tacoma. To combat this perceived racism they promise to “emphasize the importance of rhetorical situations...

Should we Subsidize Universities that Restrict Free Speech?

Trump has threatened to cut-off Federal aid to the University of California, Berkeley, after protests and property destruction on and around the campus blocked right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking.  The University of...

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. I had been teaching an MBA class when this student — a Kurd from Turkey — received an emergency phone call from home. In...

Hatred of Trump Reveals the Hatred Within

“THANK YOU to our patrons. We look forward to a GREAT 2017” read the chalked sidewalk sign outside a small New England natural foods store near my home. Do you see a hidden message in this sign? Some thought the word “GREAT” was a code word of...

A Lesson We All Can Learn from the Chicago Torture Case

The kidnaping and torturing of a white, special-needs teenager by four black teenagers in Chicago has horrified the country. Details of the attack point to racial hatred, but Matt Walsh wonders if something “worse” also was behind the depravity of...

Why Wandering Minds Are Unhappy Minds

Have you ever eaten an apple cider doughnut? I hadn’t; but I was craving one. My wife and I were hiking on a beautiful fall day. The first leg of the hike was unrelentingly steep. Sometimes at the beginning of a hike, my mind fills with...

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