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

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....

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, ...

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