Occupy Wall Street

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Occupy Wall Street BUS 309 February 4, 2013 Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is the name given to a protest movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City's Wall Street financial district. The Canadian group and magazine Adbusters initiated the call for protest with assistance from the Manhattan-based public relations firm Workhorse, who was well-known for its successful work on brands including Mercedes and Saks Fifth Avenue. The ensuing series of events helped lead to media awareness that inspired Occupy protests and movements around the world. In awarding Workhorse its Platinum Award, industry publication PRNews noted the results, obviously, have been spectacular. There’s hardly a newspaper, Internet…show more content…
As long as the economy and government are rigged in favor of the top economic 0.1%, we will all lose they claim. The above mentioned points that the OWS movement was based on can be discussed and interpreted in differing contexts. A Utilitarian would argue that what the wealthiest are the ones that keep the economy going, and that by their actions, the rest can survive. Utilitarianism acts for what results produce the greatest balance of good over bad for everyone involved. This is the internal struggle. Do the actions of the economic elite produce enough good for greater balance of people involved? Several key points to consider when analyzing would be how the actions affect people to different degrees, how certain actions produce different results in different circumstances, and how will these actions affect the greater good in the long run. OWS protestors claim that the income disparity between the top 1% and the remaining population, along with lack of jobs are causing greater harm. They want those who help create the economic downturn to be held more financially responsible for helping to rebuild the economy. Criticisms of Utilitarianism would be what or who determines what the greater good is. As a Capitalistic society, we are entitled to do with our money what we wish, even if that means spending it unwisely, where it could be more beneficial to be spent other ways. While I am not naïve to think all of the economic elite

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