Robbing hood

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Maid Marian may have found him dreamy, but is the story of Robin Hood one that makes sense today in the world of big government and, as some might say, the ubiquitous nanny state?Certainly, the need continues. Without regard to how much we collectively produce as a society, some of us will have more than others. Even in the most altruistic communist or utopian examples, certain ones stand above his or her peers. While most thinking folks can agree with this simple assessment, the cooperation ends there. Many believe with great passion those in our midst who have excelled are to be rewarded for their industrious nature, superior intellect and use of given talents and resources. Others, in describing the same set, would levy equally-fervent charges of robber-baronism. They might denounce those at the top of hierarchy of, at best, using undue force or position to elevate themselves over their peers, or, at worst, label them criminals to the end of ultimate persecution and prosecution.

Like most matters, the answer is unlikely found at the fringes of either argument. Some success is attributed to hard work, and some to luck or other advantage. But back to our friend and his merry band. Is it ever right to steal from or force disadvantage upon those about whom we have decided have taken unfair advantage? Robin Hood redistributed enough of the King’s money that various legitimate projects must have been affected. The French mobs beheaded enough aristocrats they must have ensnared an innocent or two. Even convicted tax-dodger Wesley Snipes failed to make a case our own government takes just too much. To certain among us, it is an alluring notion to knock down the rich and powerful. But when we take the power, does our solution become the problem?

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