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Green Arrow
10-08-2013, 04:52 AM
Few people on this earth have never heard the old legend of Robin Hood. Robin Hood was a bandit, an outlaw, in medieval England. While there are many tales about Robin Hood, one thing is generally agreed on: he stole from the rich and the corrupt English government and gave what he stole to England's poor. He is often used as a caricature to describe supposedly “liberal” economic and governmental policy of wealth redistribution. Many liberals even accept the charge, and why not? Robin Hood is a hero.



There are problems with that, however. For example, depending on the stories, Robin Hood was either a former aristocrat who lost his wealth and title to the same corrupt government he now steals from to help the poor, or he was a former aristocrat who willingly gave up his lavish lifestyle to better understand and help the poor. Most liberals (and, for that matter, most conservatives) are not doing anything close to this, so the Robin Hood analogy only works so far. Another issue with the Robin Hood analogy is that Robin Hood took from the government just as much as he took from the rich. Liberals that aren't of the anti-state variety like myself have no concept of taking from the government, only giving to it.


When it comes right down to it, Robin Hood is a flawed figure to use as the archetype for true leftist ideology. So, instead, I prefer to use Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow. The Green Arrow is a DC Comics superhero who made his debut in 1941. What sets him apart from the big guys like Superman is that the Green Arrow has no special superpowers. He's just an ordinary man with superb archery skills and an arsenal of trick arrows. He grew up with a silver spoon, and inherited his family's multi-billion dollar company, Queen Industries. Later, Oliver Queen would take up the mantle of the Green Arrow, helping his city (Star City in the beginning, now Seattle) deal with the crime that plagued it. Over time, Queen saw the state of the poor and downtrodden in the world, and he changed. He gave up his company and started a campaign for social change. Now an avowed anarcho-socialist, Queen fights against oppressive, corrupt government just as much as he fights every day crime.


The Green Arrow's example is one everyone, liberal and conservative alike, should follow. The Green Arrow doesn't just fight for the poor in rhetoric, he puts his money where his mouth is. He talks the talk while walking the walk. The Green Arrow is the true Robin Hood, a social crusader willing to give up his multi-billion dollar fortune in order to help the poor. He's not Superman, a near-invincible alien who sits on a lofty perch, with a giant gold statue of himself in his home city of Metropolis, basking in the adoration of the earthlings he saves. He isn't Batman, who maintains his fortune but gives to charity and uses his wealth to improve his Gotham communtiy. He certainly isn't Tony Stark, Iron Man, whose charity work is just convenience for the press.


No, the Green Arrow is a real hero, a rich playboy who willingly gave up his life of ease and wealth in order to save the people of his city, not just from crime, but from the society that left them to rot. He is a social crusader who wants to eliminate poverty. He recognizes that the government is an accomplice in worsening poverty and expanding the gap between rich and poor, having been on the corporate side of the evil alliance. No man is better suited to help the poor than Oliver Queen. Jesus, Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Mead, Martin Luther King, and Oliver Queen.


This is the Green Arrow Principle: Wealth is our weakness, but unity in community is our strength.

Cigar
10-08-2013, 07:02 AM
Love Your Tights, have fun on Halloween, look both ways before crossing the street and be home by 7:00PM; it's a School Night. :laugh:

http://www.mrcostumes.com/images/pz/3172/kids-green-lantern-costume-884572.jpg

Alyosha
10-08-2013, 07:19 AM
Robin Hood stole the taxes collected by the government/rich that once belonged to the people and returned it to them. He wasn't stealing the rich people's earned money, only the money robbed from the poor and the farmers/local merchants to give back to them.

People miss that aspect of his story.

Green Arrow
10-08-2013, 07:21 AM
Robin Hood stole the taxes collected by the government/rich that once belonged to the people and returned it to them. He wasn't stealing the rich people's earned money, only the money robbed from the poor and the farmers/local merchants to give back to them.

People miss that aspect of his story.

Yep. Ironically, it was almost like the corporate system we have now, in a way. The rich colluded with the government for mutual corruption, all on the backs of the poor.

Cigar
10-08-2013, 07:26 AM
Grow-Up :rollseyes:

Alyosha
10-08-2013, 07:31 AM
Grow-Up :rollseyes:

^^This from the most immature poster on the board. Nana, we won we won people's premiums raised by $833 a month but we won we won.

Shut up.