I'm not attempting to judge you here, but...
Don't be afraid to judge. That type of a hedge is whats wrong with our society today. Besides I enjoy discussing these issues in a rational manner, which you appear to do as well.
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.
I agree that some people seem to 'luck' into their sucess however, many of the very sucessfull people in our society work very very hard, much harder than those that would be considered unsucessfull.
In my field of business our company is considered among the best at what we do. This has more to do with my partner and I working 80 hour six day weeks to suceed. For that reason I don't consider the system 'smiling' on me.
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."
There are businesses that take a predatory stance towards their competition. No amount of legislation will make that go away. If anything legislation will only make these companies go underground and hide it better than before. I don't go to work each day thinking 'how can I put the screws to my competitors'.
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.
Speaking for myself I have to say no. My family gives a good deal of our yearly income to the charities that WE choose. My wife does volunteer work at a local school. It really rubs me the wrong way when people think that my money should be given to the government to hand out because they know who needs it most. It''s obvious that these people also think that only democrats know who needs the money.
Competitive nature is part of our humanity as far as I'm concerned.
--It is a far,far better thing that I do,than I have ever done;it is a far,far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.