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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Why Democratic Socialists Could Never Produce the Instant Pot

Like millions of Americans, newly elected New York democratic socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez loves the Instant Pot multicooker. She has been having Instagram Live conversations about politics while she cooks with her...

One Simple Way to Recognize if Someone is Living a Life of Truth

Small, seemingly trivial events, can be impactful. Some years ago, we moved our household from one suburban community to another about 15 miles away. Soon after the move, I was rushing out the front door to put an envelope in the hands of the mail...

Ralph Waldo Emerson on the Wall Which Separates Us from Hope

While a vast majority of Americans believe in God or a “universal spirit,” many feel they have trouble connecting to God. A Google search shows almost ½ billion results for phrases such as “I don’t feel close to God,” or “I can’t feel God’s presence...

The Mob at Tucker Carlson’s Home Shows How Idealism Can Lead to Evil

Last week, angry “Smash Racism DC” Antifa protestors chanted obscenities outside the home of Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson: "Racist scumbag, leave town!" They ominously added, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight. We know where you...

Michael Scott and the NPC Life We Can All Fall Into

Continuing the trend of social media purging, Twitter has banned “hundreds of right-wing accounts for posing as soulless, ‘nonplayable’ liberal activists”—otherwise known as NPC accounts. Twitter claimed these accounts violated their rules...

Why Thomas Merton Renounced Communism: 6 Lessons We Can Learn Today

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and one of the most important Catholic writers of the 20th century. He was the author of over 60 books; the best known being The Seven Storey Mountain which is an autobiographical account of his search for faith...

The Backlash Against Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Has Chilling Echoes to the Nuremberg Laws of Nazi Germany

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will play folk hero John Henry in an upcoming Netflix movie. Until the recent backlash, I was unaware that Johnson is only half black; his mother is Samoan. Some think Johnson, who is among the highest-paid actors in the...

How the Heir of the White Nationalist Movement Learned to Let Go of Hatred

In his book Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, Eli Saslow explores Derek Roland Black’s journey from darkness to light. Black was the “rightful heir to America’s white nationalist movement—the son of Don Black...

The One Question You Can Ask to Uncover a President’s Economic Principles

Anonymous, a senior administration official writing in The New York Times, wants us to know President Trump “is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.” Presumably, Anonymous believes other recent...

Why Does Michelle Obama Think Ignorant Voters Are Just Fine?

Speaking at a get-out-the-vote event in Las Vegas, Michelle Obama rallied a young audience as she voiced her opinion: “Voting does not require any kind of special expertise. You know you don’t need to have some fancy degree to be qualified to vote....

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