Something had been bothering me for quite some time now so I need to get it off my chest, so to speak. That something is the interpretation we have been fed regarding the Robin Hood legend.
As we have heard over and over again Robin Hood, a disaffected noble, stole from the rich and gave to the poor. I don't disagree with that, but the premise needs expounding upon and further explanation.
Who did Robin Hood steal from? He stole from the Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John. What are these figures responsible for? They were the tax collector and the government. Robin Hood was actually looting the coffers of an oppressive government. So the modern day equivalents of the Sheriff and the Prince would be the IRS and Congress (as they control the purse strings) who hands out the "voluntary" tax contributions of Americans to its pet projects.
Who did Robin Hood give to? He gave it back to the peasants. Remembering that in that agrigarian era, the peasants were the backbone of the working class. It was from their labor on the land that allowed the government to thrive. They would be from any of the specialized jobs that exist today to produce anything of value--whether it be tangible or intangible.
Sadly we don't have many disaffected members of our government returning our earnings to us, and the looting of the working classes just continues to fund the whims of the governing class.
6 months ago