I find it highly curious that capitalists, free-market advocates, conservatives, and libertarians are accused of being greedy, selfish people.
The aforementioned groups, all of which I generally consider myself a member, don't expect to keep all of their income, as most of us agree that we need a basic level of government, and that requires some small, small level of taxation. We do, however, want to live in a society where we keep most of what we earn - by working every day, many people at jobs they don't even like - and thereby have enough income to pursue our dreams and be charitable to those causes/organizations that are near and dear to our hearts.
Now, on the other side of the coin we have the more "progressive" worldview and philosophy advocating the ideology that some people make too much money and therefore it is the right of other people to take some of the former's income. Oh I know, it is all done for compassionate reasons. I understand that many people think this way because of a deep-seated desire to help people.
But let us look more closely at the implications of these ideologies and see if we can determine which one is truly the more greedy, envy-based of the two.
The first philosophy posits that if a person earns his or her income, he or she should get to keep the vast majority of it. Simple.
The second philosophy posits that if a person does not earn his or her income, then he or she is entitled to take a portion of another person's income.
Somehow I find the idea of coveting another person's income and goods to the point of forcibly redistributing his or her wealth to be egregiously the more greedy and selfish position to take. Desiring another person's property is envy, and going out of your way to take it from them is greedy and selfish. Many would call this stealing. Desiring to keep the property for which you have worked, for years and years in some instances, and possibly after substantial personal risk, is not born of envy or greed. Rather, it is your basic, fundamental, human right.
The greed question can be summarized as follows:
Who is the more greedy, the person who wants a free ride, or the person who wants to pay his or her own way?