Occupy Wall Street Movement Essay
Assignment #1 Occupy Wall Street Movement
Dr. Obi. Iwuanyanwu
BUS309 Business Ethics
October 5, 2012
Discuss the moral and economic implications involved in the movement.
The Occupy movement was a protest that gathered local organizers, students, and activists in response to the economic disparity of countries around the world. The protest gained momentum after a continuous series of protests took place in Zuccotti Park in New York City's Wall Street financial district (Manhattan) on September 17th, 2011, where it was named Occupy Wall Street (OWS).
This is an international protest movement where the moral foundation of the OWS Movement appears to be focused around fairness, …show more content…
Kantian ethics are based on the individual; they are deontological, revolving entirely around duty rather than emotional feelings or end goals. It is the desire that an individual’s actions come from a moral obligation that rests solely upon duty, without requiring any reference to the practical consequences that dutiful action may happen to have. When you hear the words “basic human rights” or the word “right,” normally that responds to the individual, and rights in many cases are from the Kantian viewpoint.
Kant advocated the duty of citizens to support those in society who could not support themselves. As it pertains to OWS, Kantian ethics are evidenced as protesters demand that the government work to help the “99 percent” and their right to the same benefits the rich afford—higher education, healthcare, fair taxation; coupled with aim to end the influence of big business and corrupt politicians.
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