“Do the right thing – Deontology”: Deontologist believe that morality is a matter of duty.
We have moral duties to do things which it is right to do and moral duties not to do things which it is wrong to do. Whether something is right or wrong doesn’t depend on its consequences. Rather, an action is right or wrong itself. The theory of deontology states we are morally obligated to act in accordance with certain set of principles and rules regardless of the outcome. Gekko’s speech supports immorality, he is justifying greed. Gekko says ‘greed is right.
Greed works’. There is nothing right about greed, Kant would not agree. “ME, ME, ME! – Egoism”: In agreement to Kant’s theory we are morally obligated to act or live according to the rules.
Me, me, me-Egoism. Kant claims, a person has a good will when he ‘acts out of respect for the moral law’, Gecko is not acting out of respect for anything. He is saying that greed is good; more like saying selfishness is morally good, that’s what ethical egoism is, which is what the executives of Teldar are expressing, they don’t care what the operations or middle level of management gets or earns.”Fair’s Fair – Distributive Justice”: Distributive justice is concerned with the fair allocation of resources among diverse members of a community. Fair allocation typically takes into account the total amount of goods to be distributed, the distributing procedure, and the pattern of distribution that results.
Gekko is trying to get more recognition as well as more money while acting as if he is helping the stockholders, Fair is fair – Distributive justice. Everyone should benefit from the profits of company but only the executive are, which is unfair and it defines inequality, this would have been permissible if everyone benefited for it.