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14 comments

AHHHHH (1)

Neop2Lemus (683727) | more than 9 years ago | (#10628660)

THAT MEANS I'M A LIBERAL!!

(I'd rather be a 'Men in tights')

//Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted! Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

Re:AHHHHH (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 9 years ago | (#10636336)

> THAT MEANS I'M A LIBERAL!!

And you dare post in my journal! Hurumph. :-P

A criminal (1)

daniil (775990) | more than 9 years ago | (#10628839)

I think both liberals and conservatives would consider him a criminal. The difference would be in the way this criminal should be dealt with: a conservative (say, the Sheriff of Nottingham) would almost certainly order poor Robin to be hanged, whereas a liberal (like the Queen) would grant him an amnesty at the very last minute, hoping that he'd change his manners.

He was a hero (1)

superyooser (100462) | more than 9 years ago | (#10629993)

Robin Hood was an opponent of the tyrannical government's confiscatory taxes. He fought for tax rebates. As Bush says, "It's the people's money." As a conservative, I believe in respecting the rule of law. However, when the government ransacks your property and leaves you in poverty, extreme action is justified. (Disclaimer: I am not implying that we have come to this point in America.)

Re:He was a hero (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 9 years ago | (#10636354)

>He fought for tax rebates.

Good point. Had me there for a moment. :)

He didn't take from the government, he took from the rich. Which means, he forcefully taxed the rich to help the poor.

That's a Democrat.

Re:He was a hero (1)

superyooser (100462) | more than 9 years ago | (#10637575)

He took from the rich oligarchy, not rich citizens. It's not as much about rich vs. poor as it is about government vs. citizens. Robin Hood stood for the people against a corrupt government.

Re:He was a hero (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 9 years ago | (#10638290)

> He took from the rich oligarchy, not rich citizens.

If that was the case, then perhaps.

Still though....

Hah, where do I fit? (1)

Zeriel (670422) | more than 9 years ago | (#10630188)

He's both, you see.

"Criminal" is a legal definition, and a strict one.

"Hero" is a moral/emotiona judgement, and a subjective one.

Me, I know I'll do it like he did if it ever comes time to do so. Probably not as well, though.

Re:Hah, where do I fit? (1)

insanecarbonbasedlif (623558) | more than 9 years ago | (#10630849)

Heh. That's what I was thinking. Well said.

Re:Hah, where do I fit? (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 9 years ago | (#10636377)

>"Hero" is a moral/emotiona judgement, and a subjective one.

Which gets back to my belief that Democrats are emotional (that is, when Feeling and Thinking conflict, go with Feeling), and Republicans are Thinkers. (A Href = "http://slashdot.org/~Chacham/journal/32161">Here)

Excellent point though.

Re:Hah, where do I fit? (1)

Zeriel (670422) | more than 9 years ago | (#10642644)

Interesting, because I'm a sometimes-Republican-leaning Libertarian and I think "Hero" is the better fit but both are accurate.

Re:Hah, where do I fit? (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 9 years ago | (#10649839)

Behoel. an anomaly exists. :)

As a liberal, I resent that (1)

duffbeer703 (177751) | more than 9 years ago | (#10630358)

Surely King John had better ways to spend that money than some ignorant peasants?

Boston... (1)

Liora (565268) | more than 9 years ago | (#10644116)

Well... I think that pretty much all Americans (liberal or conservative) are proud of the folks who participated in the Boston Tea Party, calling them heroes. In that particular case, the heroes stole from the rich to protest high taxes. Sounds a lot like Robin Hood to me - the poor serfs were being taxed into destitution by the oligarchical ruling class so Robin Hood took the money money back and moreso, claiming it to be a crime to tax people into starvation. I agree with Robin Hood.

I suppose one distinction that could be made is that it was the British oligarchical ruling class imposing the tea tax (one could say the crown but that wouldn't really be comprehensive) on the American upper and middle classes (the poorest members of American society couldn't afford to buy tea, so the tax wasn't really being levied on them). But either way, it was theft of material in protest of taxation.
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