The New Robin Hood: Libertarian Rebel? — Cathy Young

Of course, the idea of Robin Hood as an early socialist has had a lot of currency as well. Ayn Rand declared the fabled outlaw a symbol of evil — taking from the productive and giving to the parasites — in her novel “Atlas Shrugged”; on the other side of the political spectrum, a coalition of international aid groups in England recently made him their mascot when they proposed a “Robin Hood tax” on high-profit industries to help the poor in developing nations. But the original Robin Hood, while he has many different faces, is above all a fighter for freedom from tyranny — and that’s what made him a legend.

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