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Forum Post: Article - "The Morale Foundations of Occupy Wall Street"

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 27, 2012, 2:50 p.m. EST by BearDickinson (118) from Ewing, VA
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An illustrated guide to the signs at Zuccotti Park......

Occupy - Moral Foundations Theory - To me - an interesting point of view..... Conclusion -

"Will this message catch on with the rest of the country, much of which also values the loyalty, authority, and sanctity foundations? If OWS protesters engage in acts of violence, flag desecration, destruction of private property, or anything else that makes them seem subversive or anti-American, then I think most Americans will quickly reject them. Furthermore, if the protesters continue to focus on the gross inequality of outcomes in America, they will get nowhere. There is no equality foundation. Fairness means proportionality, and if Americans generally think that the rich got rich by working harder or by providing goods and services that were valued in a free market, they won’t support redistributionist policies. But if the OWS protesters can better articulate their case that “the 1 percent” got its riches by cheating, rather than by providing something valuable, or that “the 1 percent” abuses its power and oppresses “the 99 percent,” then Occupy Wall Street will find itself standing on a very secure pair of moral foundations."

http://reason.com/archives/2011/12/30/the-moral-foundations-of-occupy-wall-str

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[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17978) 2 years ago

For some further pertinent reading, please read : "The War Against the Poor : Occupy Wall Street and the Politics of Financial Morality" ; http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29649.htm ...

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by DevilDog420 (133) from Saratoga Springs, NY 2 years ago

this reminds me of the problem of gun laws. The government outlaws automatic weapons cause people use them to commit crimes. But most criminals committing crimes will break laws, and have those guns anyways. If we aren't will to take action ever then our peaceful protest mean very little, more of an annoyance than any real threat.

[-] -3 points by Occusuckers (-15) 2 years ago

0=Occutard moral foundation