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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Rethinking Robin Hood

For a long time now, I've had a slight dislike of the Robin Hood mythos. Oh, I had the same schoolhouse indoctrination about him as you did; and as I matured I couldn't help but admire that he was fighting Prince John (who still became King) and Norman injustice against the English ... but still, robbing "the rich" to give to "the poor"! Where have I heard that before?

Shoot! That's what I live every April 15, and I'm not even rich.

How often in our lives have we seen "liberals" call upon the memory of (and our childhood indoctrination about) Robin Hood to excuse the depredations of street-thugs and to justify their own planned depredations against the free citizens of this Republic?

The blogger 'Drew' have offers a different take on Robin Hood: Robin Hood politics


The Phantom Blogger said...

I seen someone at the Libertarian Mises Institute make this same point. That the story of Robin Hood is actually an anti-tax and anti-government story, were Robin Hood is just protecting the poor from government force and over taxation, that were put in place by the King in order to supplement his imperilialist tendencies.

Rupert said...

you people will look for any conspiracy theory unless your bigotted, right wing, neo-conservative, bible-bashing fuckwits are running things.
You really are the most small-minded hypocritical non-thinking droogue of no value

Rupert said...

you and bornagain with your little mutual masturbatory drivel. He rambles on with a load of absolute nonsense and you spew forth a couple of ass-sucking sentences. You never actually contribute anything of interst, just pithy mots

Rupert said...

Hey Idiot, I've just been over at birdbrain's and apparently you haven't visited yet.
You'd make a good double act, like Abbot and Costello.

Ilíon said...

You are not welcome to leave you droppings on my blog any longer.

Gentle Reader should ingore these droppings.

Crude said...

Just out of curiosity, why do leave this guy's posts around after the fact instead of scrubbing them? Using his idiocy as a kind of wall-of-shame trophy?

I liked his short-lived cartoon series, though!

Ilíon said...

"Using his idiocy as a kind of wall-of-shame trophy?"

Exactly. And so that any future tender-hearted reader can see why I will be scrubbing any future post he should make.

Ilíon said...

... for instance, I just deleted a lengthy post by Rupert -- without reading a single word of it.

It might even be that he made some actual points in post. I don't know and I don't care ... in light of his three previous posts in this thread, Rupert is no longer welcome to post anything on my blog.

The Deuce said...

Heh, maybe you knew this already, but in Atlas Shrugged one character, Ragnar Danneskjöld, came to the same conclusion about the Robin Hood mythos and the things it was being used to justify.

MK said...

I don't mind taking from those who stole it in the first place. For liberals and their leftist pimps though, they're stealing from those who earned lawfully and giving to those who don't deserve it and keeping a bit for themselves off course.

I've been told that the current movie of Robin Hood is actually about fighting against tyrannical government, so don't be surprised if liberals feel nervous about it.

If you have liberal acquaintances, i'd encourage them to go and see it, might wake them up to themselves.