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Volume 30 • Number 2

April 2016



Robin Hood Justice: Why Robin Hood Took from the Rich and Gave to the Poor (and We Should Too)

by Jeppe von Platz

Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws took from the rich and gave to the poor. Why did they do it? Were they justified in doing it? Should we do it too? Of course, Robin Hood is "essentially a fictional creation," and even if an outlaw by the name of Robin Hood once resided in Sherwood Forest, it is doubtful that he gave much to the poor. Yet the legend of Robin Hood suggests answers to these questions that reveal an overlooked but powerful principle of justice, relevant beyond its legendary context: the principle that justified Robin Hood also justifies taking from the rich and giving to the poor today.

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ISSN: 2152-0542