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Personal Quote: "Nice guys only apear to finish last, in actuallity they are running a different race."
Let's play a game.
Now this is just a hypothetical situation, that would probably never happen in real life, but let us use our imagination for a moment and pretend it is real.
In this game, you have the opportunity to make a choice that will benefit yourself and a random stranger.
Now the rules of the game are such that you cannot bargain with the stranger. He / she cannot bribe you to choose a certain option, as a matter of fact, the stranger will not even know who you are, or where the benefit is coming from.
That being established, here are your choices:
Option one: You and the stranger each receive a $300 bonus per month, no strings attached.
Option two: You receive $500 per month, but the stranger receives $1,000 per month.
Ok, now think about it. re-read the choices to make sure you fully understand and give it a good long thought.
Ready? Here comes the interesting part.
Let's step outside the hypothetical and talk about this a bit.
Most socialists will pick option one. Even though option two would give themselves more money, option one seems more fair to them. The inequality of option two would bug them, even though both parties would benefit.
Most capitalists on the other hand would choose option two. They don't care quite as much if someone else they don't know is getting more money then them for no good reason, it is the mutual benefit that is most important. In fact, many capitalists have a hard time understanding why socialists would even want to chose option one, since neither party gains an advantage over option two.
Socialists often accuse capitalists of being greedy, and state that the whole capitalists system is built on greed. This dispite empirical evidence showing that capitalists give to charity far more (as a percentage of their income) than socialists do.
But aren't the socialists really the ones being greedy? Or to be more precise, envious? Economic science has repeatedly shown that capitalism makes poor people rich and rich people richer. But the socialist focuses only on the latter half of that. They don't care if poor people are better off under capitalism, the idea that someone else might have more money than they do bothers them. And they excuse their greed and envy by calling it "fairness."
Look at what socialist (or socialist leaning) countries have done. People standing in line for hours for a loaf of bread (USSR,) being told how many children they can have (China,) being walled in to prevent them from leaving their own city (East Berlin,) the concentration camps (Nazi Germany,) Complete collapse of their economy (Greece,) and that's just the short list.
If you believe I am distorting the facts, go read the stories of people who have lived there.
I think though, that I have said enough for now. I realize that many of you reading this will not benefit from it, that you have already made up your mind one way or the other and either I am preaching to the choir or you will ignore me and continue in selfishness. But if just a few of you - even if it is only one, sit up and take notice and really think about what I have said - then that will be enough.
 For empirical data on charitable giving read: Who Really Cares by Arthur C. Brooks
 Ayn Rand survived communist Russia and her novels are filled with lessons about the evils of socialism. I recommend starting with Anthem.