>muh everyone else is an asshole like me
Only a small contingent of the population is actually pathologically greedy and selfish, that contingent is magnified by capitalism which rewards cold hearted and exploitative behavior and gradually erodes away at any surviving mutual reciprocity and security, while making sure that exploiters are protected from any retribution and justice, as long as they manage to make a profit and do not go against the interests of the ruling class.
Why do you think that most or a majority of people even under this system show a bias towards altruistic behavior?
IMO it is because altruistic behavior is necessary for sustainable, predictable, and secure mutual gain, potentially greater than the gain of selfish behavior.
As an example, firstly, you may be reproductively fit if your strategy is just to rarely co-operate and drag your genetic competitors down with you, even if you both suffer more as a result than if you were to work together, he will suffer more than you, and so your genetics are more likely to be passed down as a result. This is also an example of what some scientists call a 'fast life strategy'.
But what if conditions get tough or bad behavior is punished? Then you would gain more from co-operating with other people and raising the standard of living for you and the people you interact with. This is what some scientists refer to as a 'slow life strategy'
Out of these two examples it is only necessary to have better conditions than the guy next to you, in order to pass on your genetics, so the first strategy is successful here. But you both will live a 'better' life if you co-operate, and both will pass on their genetic lineage, and into better, more comfortable, more survivable conditions.
In order for us communists to ensure the second strategy overtakes the first, for the benefit of all, we must increase the accountability of society, and punish exploitative lifestyles. That which thrive in deceit and lay sheltered today by capital.
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