Occupy Wall Street Essay

2191 words - 9 pages

Occupy Wall Street Movement
November 2nd 2012
Business Ethics

Occupy Wall Street
In the fall of 2011, in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, hundreds of protestors were evicted because they were protesting main issues such as social and economic inequality, greed, and corruption. The Occupy Wall Street slogan, “We are the 99%”, addresses the inequality income and wealth distribution in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population. The protesters have put their faith in the last seemingly credible force in the world: each other. The movement is really about the balance of give and take of Wall Street, how there are people who make things to add to the distribution of goods in ...view middle of the document...

The consequence is, of course, that the destructive few now control the regulatory agencies and potential regulations that might have limited their recklessness and greed. They have the consequent power to close off options for resolving the environmental and economic emergencies. They have the power to block federal actions that might prevent injustices. They have the power to bulldoze the natural systems that
sustain our lives. “We are all in this together. The lines that connect climate change to jobs to the environment to education to health to justice are strong and undeniable. The time has passed for an environmental movement. The time has passed for a climate change movement.” What it really comes down to is the ethics and morals of those involved in the movement because this is really what the argument and the opposition are about. If it wasn’t wrong what some people are doing in Wall Street and pretty much causing the fall of America it wouldn’t be that big of a dilemma. It is important that America stay on top of the global financial world because if we let people make dishonest investments and continue to take we will continue down this path of
destruction and America will become an impoverished nation.” (Moore, K. 2011)
Utilitarian Theory, Kant Theory and Virtues Theory
All the ethical movements, which have been discussed and recognized, have been tied into basic moral values. Utilitarian is a moral principle that holds the morally right course of action in any situation is the one that produces the greatest balance of benefits over harms for everyone affected and also offers a none changeable method for deciding on the right course of action that we find ourselves in. Utilitarian decides various courses we could perform, determines all foreseeable benefits to help everyone affected, and we choose the course of action after all costs have been taken into account. Kantian ethics is based upon the teachings of the philosopher, Immanuel Kant (1724–1804). According to Kant, the concept of “motive” is the most important factor in determining what is ethical. For Kant, a moral action is not based upon feelings or pity. Nor is it is not based on the possibility of reward. Instead, a moral action is one based on a sense of “This is what I ought to do.” To use an example, with Kantian ethics helping an old lady across the street because you feel pity for her is NOT a moral act. Likewise, helping an old lady because your coworker will think highly of you is NOT a moral act. However, helping an old lady because you have a sense of duty to help the elderly IS a moral act.
Suppose you decide that two duties are (1) telling the truth; and (2) protecting your friends. But what if a madman with an axe asked you where your best friend was so he could murder him or her? Do you tell the truth and thus lead the murderer to your friend? Or do you lie and save your friend’s life? Interestingly, Kant believed telling a lie was always wrong even if a...

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