Essay on Occupy Wallstreet
May 8, 2013
Discuss the moral and economic implications involved in the movement
According to Occupywallst.org, The Movement Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that “We Are The 99%” that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants. (Occupywallst.org) The movement began out of frustration in the growing inequality between the wealthy 1% and the rest of the population. Greed, …show more content…
Analyze each of the implications identified above against the utilitarian, Kantian, and virtue ethics to determine which theory best applies to the movement. Support your position with examples and evidence
Utilitarianism: an act (or set of actions) is morally right if it causes “the greatest happiness for the greatest number.” Utilitarians are consequentialists, meaning they focus only on the consequences of actions in deciding what is right or wrong. John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) is the most well-known utilitarian philosopher.
Kantian Ethics: an act (or set of actions) is morally right if
a) It is done for the sake of duty, because it is the right thing to do
b) Its implied maxim (rule) can be willed as a universal law. This is the categorical imperative. The belief behind this theory is “if this action is right, if it’s rational to say that anyone in my shoes should do the same thing, should follow the same rule.”
c) It treats people with respect, as ends in themselves, not as means to an end.
Virtue ethics: Approach to ethics that takes the notion of virtue as fundamental. Virtue ethics is primarily concerned with traits of character that are essential to human