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.

Recent blog posts by this author

Humility is the Antidote for Political Meanness

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson is shocked at the meanness of her fellow Democrats. Williamson, a spiritual teacher relatively new to politics, complained in an interview in the New Yorker, “I know this...

The Myth of Earth's Overpopulation Crisis

Shortly after my wife graduated from college, she joined Zero Population Growth. Looking back, she tells me it was an emotional reaction fueled by reading Paul Ehrlich’s apocalyptic claims. In his book, The Population Bomb, Ehrlich wrote: “The...

Why Transhumanists’ Quest for Earthly Immortality is Misguided

For all the reports on the sordid life of Jeffrey Epstein, little has been written about his interest in transhumanism. Followers of the transhumanist movement believe humans will achieve super-longevity, and, perhaps one day, live...

Steve Jobs’s Unveiling of the iPhone Holds a Timeless Economic Lesson

Steve Jobs was a great visionary. But just how far did his vision extend? If you examine the history of the iPhone, it turns out his vision didn’t extend as far as we might think. In his book Digital Minimalism, computer science professor Cal...

C.S. Lewis on How to Be Yourself

When faced with a challenge, most of us have received advice to “just be yourself.” Those offering advice have good intentions. Yet, we might think, “I’m anxious, frightened, and insecure. I don’t want to be myself.” C.S. Lewis would agree...

Why Only Villains Are Running for President

Steven Pressfield has written best-selling historical fiction books such as Gates of Fire and Tides of War. He writes nonfiction as well; and in my development as a writer, few books have helped me more than Pressfield’s The War of Art. When...

Google Is Burying Alternative Health Sites to Protect People from 'Dangerous' Medical Advice

In Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451, firemen don’t put out fires; they create fires to burn books. The totalitarians claim noble goals for book burning. They want to spare citizens unhappiness caused by having to sort through...

What Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor Taught About Forgiveness

Eva Kor passed on July 4, 2019. Having survived the Nazis, Kor then worked to liberate the human heart. She founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. Kor was born in Romania in 1934. In 1944, the Nazis...

A Medical Dean Sees a Fishing Knot and Calls It a Hate Crime

What happens at the University of Michigan Medical School when an employee practices making fishing knots with surgical rope and the knot is found? The dean of the medical school, Dr. Marschall Runge, jumped to the conclusion that the knot was a...

The Sober Curious Are Challenging the Drinking Culture. Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing.

Accompanying the growing interest in wellness lifestyles is a growing interest in giving up alcohol. The “sober curious” are looking for a way to socialize without alcohol. Millennials are drinking less, and entrepreneurs are eager to give consumers...

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