Leave Robin Hood alone!
Posted by Lissa on March 16, 2009
To which I say — LEAVE ROBIN HOOD ALONE!
With all due respect to The Altar of Ayn Rand, I think she got this one wrong. Her character Ragnar Danneskjold opines that we must rid the world of the memory of this “hero” who stole from the productive rich and gave to the undeserving poor. But even he admits that Robin Hood’s “rich” were rich through taxation and exploitation, not production.
Come now, haven’t you all seen the Disney Robin Hood? (“Oodle-lally, oddle-lally, golly what a day!”) We could make that movie the Official Evil Conservative Showcase Movie, it’s got everything!
Powerful state/government figures being corrupted with power? Check!
Those with powers of taxation using them mercilessly to deprive the public of their hard-earned wealth? Check!
Showing that the poorest are hit hardest by greedy government? Check!
Hell, we’ve even got Second Amendment rights — the right of the people to resist tyranny with bows, arrows and swords! Check-checkity-check-check-check!!
If you read the book, it gets even better. The Earl of Locksley, like so many others, was a target of king because his estate was rich; as a result, he was unjustly deprived of his land and station. He refuses to go gently into the good night, instead retiring to Sherwood Forest to live as an outcast and an outlaw. But when he steals from “the rich,” he does not target barons and lords who rule their people well, nor millers, nor tradesmen. He targets what Randians would term “moochers” — sheriffs, monks, abbots, folks who suck money from the helpless but productive people they rule.
What, exactly, is not to like about this?
Hmph. Ed and Ace must be fox-haters or something.
Full disclosure: I went through a period, some twenty years ago, in which I watched Robin Hood at least once a week. To this day, you can put the movie on mute and I can supply each line, voice by voice, verse by verse. I do a mean Prince John.
and P.S. Yes, Ed, we can agree that Kevin Costner was the worst Robin Hood EVAH. In other news, the sky is blue, puppies are cute, and chocolate is delicious.