Maybe what I've seen/been subjected to is the abuse of capitalism. I'm not calling anyone here a scumbag. I also don't see the value of selfishness in any form.
Every single person in the world is selfish.
Mother Teresa. She could not stand the fact that small children are starving (or whatever, i dont really know much about her, just using as example), that felling made her fell unhappy. She wanted to not fell that way, therefore she was selfish. Yet, its a safe assumption that her selfishness saved a lot of life's.
Albert Einstein. What do you think made this guy do what he did? He wanted the sense of importance. He was curious. His selfishness made him discover a lot of great things.
Bill Gates is/was ridiculously greedy. Yet his selfishness is now making it available for me and you to talk from two different locations.
What capitalism allows is to make the selfishness work towards prosperity. There will always be people that don't want anything in life, and there will always be people that will want the most out of life. Capitalism allows the people that want most out of life to operate easily. It also give them a frame work.
The only reason that the idea of property has come to be valued is selfishness.
You are 100% right.
I don't want to fight for a bed each night, so I will push for the right to earn and own one.
I don't want the rich to hold all the money, so I will let them own property, so that they can put the money back in economy so that I can make some.
If I am rich+greedy I want to make more money. The only way I can do it is by exchanging my money for property, allowing the money to go back into economy to be earned by others or to earn it myself once more.
Anyone's wealth (net worth) is limitless but the money in the world is not. Rich people want to be richer so they invest in companies. Think about google or any other company that making your life easier. Selfishness made it happen.
Game of thrones. Lots of ridiculously rich individuals and their families. They have no investment opportunities, so to keep their success going they put their money back into economy by hiring armies to fight other armies and maybe become more powerful.
I'd gladly share my computer with you if you if you were without, I'd gladly prepare you a meal if you were hungry, I'd happily lend you a hand if you were struggling to accomplish a goal like feeding yourself or staying warm in frigid times.
The only reason you would do it is selfishness. You don't want to fell bad for me, so you help me.
Selfishness = happiness. If you don't like your GF anymore or she is mean to you in some way, you brake up with her, even thought it might hurt her feelings.
My life goal is to be worth 1bn$+. I am greedy. I'm very selfish. But that's not the reason I want to make a lot of money. I know if I make a lot of money, following my own rules not the government ones, I will make the world a better place.
There are places in the world where people wake up in a box, wash their face in rain water. In other places they eat their own children. In some places they freeze to death. There are places where if you get an infection in your leg you get your leg amputated within a month. There is places in the world where life by default is shit.
Yet, in other places life by default is good. Places where people complain about the most stupid shit ever, places where if a random question pops into your mind you can pull out your smartphone and google it. How can anyone who is looking for truth not see why capitalism works is beyond me.
What makes capitalism bad is the fact that its regulated.
If I as entrepreneur pay 40% of my income in taxes I don't have time to worry about whats ethical and whats not, I have to run a business. The govermant says its legal to do X so I do it, no matter how unethical it is. My customers knows its legal so they are ok with it. There is no place for ethic in regulated capitalism, therefore you have the bad view on capitalism in general.
If I pay no taxes I still need a frame work in my actions, same for my customers. If there is no government there is no frame work, people act on their own ethical beliefs. If I am very greedy in anarchistic society I cannot do things considered unethical by my customers.
Another very important thing that people forget is that we are all going to die. Why do you care if I'm insecure and so I want to be richer than 99.9% of the population? Even if i'm ridiculously rich, I will die one day. I cannot take that money or resources with me to the grave. So why can't we let the people to whom the money is so important to have it? The only reason is envy. And envy is not truly looking for truth.