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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On Free Speech, 40% of Americans Are Closer to the Chinese Government’s Interpretation than the Founding Fathers

Reason Magazine asked students at the University of Southern California to define “hate speech.”  Among the students surveyed, Reason found plenty of wannabee dictators eager to offer their definitions of hate speech and ready...

Trump Follows the Advice of John Quincy Adams. But Will Kim Jong-un Reform?

Only the most unhinged Trump haters would not be overjoyed at the prospect of peace with North Korea. “The past doesn't have to be the future” was the message conveyed in the video Trump shared with Kim Jong-un during their summit   Only...

3 Socialism Myths Debunked by Venezuela’s Nightmare

History provides endless examples of vicious despots ruling under various collectivist ideologies. Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, and—today—Kim Jong-un and Nicolás Maduro may have had different names for their collectivist ideologies, but they have...

How Complaining Makes Us More Miserable, Ineffectual, and Insecure

The Harvard Business Review reports “a majority of employees spend 10 or more hours per month complaining — or listening to others complain — about their bosses or upper management. Even more amazing, almost a third spend 20 hours or more per month...

Why the U.S. is Consistently the Most Generous Nation in the World

Years ago, an MBA student of mine had immigrated from Albania after growing up under Communism. She shared with her classmates what she observed to be the most unexpected mindset difference between Americans and Albanians. She got emotional as...

What Getting Out of Bed in the Morning Can Teach Us About Success and Human Nature

When entrepreneurs recently gathered for a retreat at an exclusive resort in Utah, one participant expressed concern about what he observed as a lack of commitment to achievement: “Everyone wants to work at SpaceX; no one wants to go to engineering...

‘You Are Not Special; You Are Not Exceptional’: Why David McCullough Jr.'s dose of reality to young people is important

David McCullough Jr. is a high-school English teacher and the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough. In 2012, his “You Are Not Special” graduation speech went viral. His speech is more relevant than ever, and not just for new...

Marcus Aurelius on How to Turn Around a Rotten Day

When you wake up in the morning, notice how quickly your mind checks into its physical and psychological ailments. Back pain? Still there. Afternoon meeting to worry about? Still there. Troublesome financial situation? Still there. Did you expect...

How Intellectuals Train the Underclass to Feel Helpless

Recently a psychologist friend was singing a familiar refrain: "My clients want their problematical circumstances alleviated, but few want to change how they see the world.” Most intransigent among his clients are those with government benefits...

Why Humans Increasingly Are Unaware of Their Ignorance (And Why it's a Big Problem)

“Has there ever been a time in the world’s history when people were more sure of their opinions?” asks Jim Ferrell of the Arbinger Insitute. Ferrell observes, “We become set in our opinions precisely because we have lost sight of the fact that...

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