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

Why UPS Is Able to Save the Environment While Ethanol Subsidies Destroy It

Freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have captured the headlines, but Ocasio-Cortez is not the only democratic socialist congresswoman elected to the new Congress. Fellow freshman and democratic socialist Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan,...

Mr. Rogers: Responsible for the Entitlement Culture?

The documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? deservedly made many lists of 10 best movies of 2018. It is a riveting film on the power of love. Years after his death, interest in the work of Fred Rogers grows. Tom Hanks plays Mr. Rogers...

Why Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ideas about Happiness in Eat Pray Love are Wrong

As the year begins, many will embark on a self-improvement project. Elizabeth Gilbert’s mega-selling memoir Eat Pray Love has inspired millions towards a journey of self-discovery. Many believe Gilbert is wise. Gilbert made the Time Magazine list...

The People of Venezuela Are Starving. Why Did Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn Support Their Oppressors?

Would you use a doctor or dentist who didn’t believe in germ theory and used the same instruments all day without sterilizing them? What would you say if, when their patients developed infections, the doctor or dentist insisted he meant well and...

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...

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