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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California's Bill Restricting Speech Is Authoritarian

California is one step away from going down the unconstitutional road of government-mandated censorship of Internet speech. The California Senate and State Assembly recently passed S.B. 1424, the “Internet: social media: advisory group” act. This...

The In-N-Out Burger Boycott Shows that Under Socialism, Those Who Don’t Obey Won’t Eat

Last week, Eric Bauman, the chair of the California Democratic Party, called for a boycott of the popular California hamburger chain In-N-Out Burger. What was In-N-Out Burger’s crime? Los Angeles Magazine reported that the burger chain had...

Kindness: A Pathway to a Satisfying Life

Recently my wife learned that 103 students enrolled at her university are wards of the state—they have no parents or home. As she shared her story, she choked up and so did I.  Life is hard. And even for those who are materially comfortable...

The Good Intentions Fallacy Is Driving Us Toward the Destructive Outcomes of Socialism

While Venezuela continues to collapse into a living hell for all but Nicolás Maduro and ruling elites, support in America for democratic socialism continues to rise. Graphic reports such as the recent New York Times photo essay...

The Affective Fallacy: Understanding How Your Feelings Can Make You Dumb

The NBC show Friday Night Lights is about high school football in a small Texas community. High-school students are taking part in a class discussion when the brash star halfback, Brian “Smash” Williams crudely argues that monogamy is unnatural for...

The Weak Science Behind the Self-Esteem Movement

Many want to build their self-esteem and confidence. A Google search reveals over 500 million entries on confidence building. Self-help books and scholarly articles abound.  An influential bestseller by Harvard professor Amy Cuddy, ...

What We Can Learn from Katy Perry's Depression

Superstar Katy Perry's 2017 album Witness sold "only” 180,000 copies the first week it went on sale.  Expectations dashed, Perry fell into a depression. She explains her overwhelming disappointment, "I have bouts of situational...

Distinguishing Important Tasks from Urgent Ones Is the Secret of Success

 “Our brains tend to prioritize immediate satisfaction over long-term rewards,” reports Tim Herrera. Herrera writes, “Even if we know a larger, less-urgent task is vastly more consequential, we will instinctively choose to do a smaller,...

Socialism is Not Built on Compassion. It's Built on Group Conflict.

  Some claim capitalism dehumanizes individuals. Others claim Horatio Alger stories are a myth, believing individuals have little social or economic mobility under capitalism and cannot rise above the circumstances into which they are born...

Can Americans Remember the Virtue of Independence (and the Corrosiveness of Dependence)?

If this 4th of July you reflect on the future of liberty, you will not be alone. Many Americans believe freedom is in decline. The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom confirms the decline. Their latest 2018 data places the...

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