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. To receive Barry's essays subscribe at Mindset Shifts.

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Only Congress Has the Power to Declare War. Just Ask James Madison

Tim Kaine, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee, said about President Trump’s airstrikes on Syria. “The last thing Congress should be doing is giving this president a blank check to wage war against anyone, anywhere." Of course, Kaine’s...

Learning How to Not Be a Snowflake

Resilience, a crucial emotional attribute for a happy and successful life, is in decline across college campuses and workplaces.  The head of counseling at one major university recently observed “a decrease in the ability of many young...

Most Marital Difficulties Stem from One Thing: Ego

A paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that those who consider their spouse to be their best friend are twice as satisfied with their lives overall. The study controls for pre-marital well-being levels, age, gender,...

Leo Tolstoy Believed Life Was Meaningless. This Changed His Mind.

A person, 50 years old, is in full blown mid-life crisis. Even with fame, fortune, and a loving family, life is meaningless. This was Leo Tolstoy. Having written War and Peace and Anna Karenina, he was one of the most celebrated authors in the...

Philosopher Erich Fromm on Why People Fail at Love

Seeking advice about the qualities he should look for in a mate, an unmarried man in his 30s posted at the online sports forum of my alma mater. He invited comments on his list of top attributes: looks, camaraderie, cooking ability, love of the alma...

What Roger Bannister Taught Us About Human Achievement

When I was a young boy, one of my most cherished books was One Hundred Greatest Sports Heroes. The pages were filled with heroes’ accomplishments. Often, having overcome great adversity, these sports heroes exhibited great resiliency. Today, I...

Why Thoughts and Prayers are Better than Righteous Anger

It is fashionable to “prayer shame” those who offer “thoughts and prayers” as a response to violence. Public response to the gun violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is an example. If you did not deliver an angry diatribe against gun...

Why American Media Fawn Over Communist Murderers

The CNN headline read, “Kim Jong Un's sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics.”  Then the article began with this gushing report:  “If ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un's younger sister would...

Viktor Frankl’s Guide to Living a Life of Meaning

Many Americans find their lives devoid of meaning; up to 40 percent of Americans have “not discovered a satisfying life purpose.” Without purpose can anyone truly live a full, happy life? As Bill Murray discovered in his classic comedy Groundhog...

Did Trump Throw the First Pitch in a Trade War with China?

Despite receiving billions of dollars in subsidies, the U.S. solar panel manufacturing industry is not competitive with Chinese imports. There is a robust solar industry in the United States; it’s just not in the manufacture of panels. As the...

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