|From the United Kingdom to the United States, |
activists fighting for myriad causes carry on the
tradition of Robin Hood.
(photo: Oxfam International)
18 February 12
For hundreds of years, he's fought tax injustice, tyranny, and the seizure of the commons. Why we still need him today.
"Man has an insatiable longing for justice. In his soul he rebels against a social order which denies it to him and whatever the world he lives in, he accuses either that social order or the entire material universe of injustice ... And in addition he carries within himself the wish to have what he cannot have - if only in the form of a fairy tale."-- Eric Hobsbawm, Bandits (1981)
It's a fitting motto for heroes of the 21st century. Admittedly, resistance to injustice has not as yet returned to the level of the apprentices and craftsmen in Edinburgh, Scotland, who in 1561 chose to come together "efter the auld wikid maner of Robene Hude": they elected a leader as "Lord of Inobedience" and stormed past the magistrates, through the city gates, up to Castle Hill where they displayed their unwillingness to accept current work-and-wage conditions. But as a global society, we are clearly still thinking about the need for Robin Hood. READ MORE