Flourish, Perish, or Recast the Cliff

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The Fiscal Cliff:  Will we fall off it? If we do, how far down is the fall? How hard is the landing? Will we wonder how we got to the edge in the first place? Will we consider another way of thinking? Will we prioritize our humanity in economic recovery and growth? Will we flourish? Or will we perish?

We need to envision the recovery and re-development of our economy through new eyes. The fundamental priorities need to be revamped and the path recast with what makes life worth living in mind. I spoke with Professor Brad Mapes-Martin shortly after the 2012 presidential elections in the United States. He urges us to take into account what it means to be human, to value our personal characteristics, and our common grounds in order to flourish as individuals and as societies. Professor Mapes-Martin explains the relevance to our economic recovery of the principles outlined in the Human Development Index created by Professor Amartya Sen and Professor Martha Nussbaum. He also suggests that in order to move forward we must de-politicize our national conversation so that we can actually communicate across political identities. Climate change also must urgently take center stage in the international dialogue about how to recover the struggling economies of the world.


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Professor Brad Mapes-Martin

Professor Brad Mapes-Martin
Professor Brad Mapes-Martin teaches political science at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His research over the past few years has focused on testing the assumptions of deliberative democratic theory against their expected performance for different types of environmental problems. Specifically, he analyzes local, participatory institutions in Australia, Europe, and the United States with the goal of adjusting democratic theory to better capture the dynamics of environmental problems.​ Brad was raised in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was spoiled from a young age with fresh seafood and mild winters. Pursuing his seafood indulgence to the Pacific Northwest and experiencing its natural beauty, he became involved with environmental issues. Having followed his wife to Wisconsin, he worked with juvenile sex offenders in Marathon County before going on to Massachusetts for graduate school. These days he divides his time between running, mixed martial arts, and organizing ...Read Full