Essay about Occupy Wall Street Movement

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Running head: OCCUPY WALL STREET

Assignment #1 Occupy Wall Street Movement
Brenda Bryant
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,
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They argue that the stories of rising from "rags to riches" are what make America the unique and the prosperous nation it is. Some would have you believe that the American dream is dead, and that if we give a share of everything to the common man, he will have no aspiration to work hard to get where they [the wealthy] are at.
Concerning liberty from oppression, it was an OWS sense or hope that the downtrodden masses (“the 99 percent”) were beginning to unite to throw off the yoke of their oppressors (“the 1 percent”). Union, non-union, white collar and unemployed workers are learning to work together towards severing, what protesters describe as, a dangerously cozy relationship between Wall Street and Washington D.C. that has undermined democracy in the United States and across the globe. The protesters’ basic message is quite clear: rein in the influence of big business, which has cheated and manipulated its way to great wealth (in part by buying legislation) while leaving a trail of oppressed and impoverished victims in its wake. (Haidt, 2011).

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 is generally held to be the view that the morally right action is the action that produces