Monday, May 17, 2010

Was Robin Hood a Libertarian ?

Cathy Young over a ( click on title above for a link) writes that some liberals are unhappy with Russel Crow's new reincarnation of Robin Hood. She Writes:

In New York's leftist weekly, The Village Voice, Karina Longworth laments that "instead of robbing from the rich to give to the poor, this Robin Hood preaches about 'liberty' and the rights of the individual" and battles against "government greed"; the film, she scoffs, is "a rousing love letter to the tea party movement." On a similar note, the New York Times' A.O. Scott mocks "Robin Hood" as "one big medieval tea party":

"You may have heard that Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor, but that was just liberal media propaganda. This Robin is ... a manly libertarian rebel striking out against high taxes and a big government scheme to trample the ancient liberties of property owners and provincial nobles."

Whatever one may think of Scott's newest incarnation of the Robin Hood legend, it is more than a little troubling to see alleged liberals speak of liberty and individual rights in a tone of sarcastic dismissal

I knew there was a reason I loved the movie !! See review below. Maybe Ayn Rand would have loved this version of Robin Hood.