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

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...

Rose Wilder Lane Explains Why Anti-Semitism Threatens Freedom

On college campuses, among celebrities, and among socialist politicians, anti-Semitism is in vogue. Rose Wilder Lane would tell you it is no accident that freedom is simultaneously in retreat. Rose Wilder Lane, the daughter of Laura Ingalls...

AOC's Gardening Advice Channels Mao

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wants to extend identity politics to vegetables. For Ocasio-Cortez, some vegetables are too “colonial” to grow. Community gardens are a component of the Green New Deal, and having projects “make sense in a cultural...

For Some Millennials, ‘Despair Springs Eternal’

Given recent headlines, it seems millennials suffer from what Steven Pinker calls a “despair springs eternal” mindset. And who can blame them? Two-thirds of millennials haven’t saved a penny for retirement. Some millennials say they can’t afford...

Why Democratic Socialists Flunk Logic 101

Consider the following facts: Venezuela is a country with vast natural resources. Once it was one of the wealthiest countries in South America. Venezuela nationalized many vital industries such as oil. Price controls were instituted, and...

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