"Businesses exist to make money for their owners period. I'll admit that there are people that aren't in it for the money. I've worked directly with the owners of five companies in very different industries. I now own a business. The industry I'm in serves a very important need in regards to public health. I can tell you that I don't go to work each day to be the slave of the people. I go to work to make money. Now indirectly the work I do protects the environment and protects the public welfare but that's really not the reason I do it."
I'm not attempting to judge you here, but...
I think that statement embodies a lot of what's wrong with money-based philosophy. An economy should exist for the benefit of everyone, not for individuals.
I don't think it's proper to have a system which benefits those on whom fate smiles, with a small amount trickling down to the rest. It's too Darwinistic (which is the way things work, but IMHO, is something that humanity has the power to overcome.)
Ray is somewhat correct. People don't mind screwing each other over, as long as they can "rationalize" it with "I have to take care of #1"/"I worked hard, I deserve it"/"Survival of the fittest."
This is the curse of prosperity: A subtle and deeply-rooted selfishness develops in people; the virtues of humility, humbleness, and self sacrifice are washed away, and concern for the well-being of others takes a back seat.