Robinhood was a Socialist

I had a discussion recently with an anonymous poster by the name "Pinko" in one of my other articles in which they asked for my definition of Socialism.  Being as the English language is made up of a set of words with prefixed meanings I would hope my definition is the same as anyone else who speaks the language.  For that reason I found that has a very good and easy to understand explanation of what the word means.

Socialism: a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.

It is also the middle stage of Marxist theory transitioning from a Capitalistic Society toward that of a Communistic one.

In my experience I have found from talking to people who believe in socialism, most do not understand what it actually is.  In fact most socialists don't realize they are socialists.  So however do.  I had a co-worker in Massachusetts who not only knew he was a socialist but took pride in it.  He even went so far as to write a book explaining his theories of why it never worked anywhere it was ever tried and how we here in America could do it better.  People like him don't bother me because they understand what they are supporting and they openly admit what they are supporting.  It's the ones who don't understand socialism and don't realize that their views are socialistic that concern me because of those people the ones I've spoken to one on one generally agree that socialism and communism are bad.

So the question you must be asking yourself is what does this have to do with Robinhood.  Simple answer really, it's all in how you view the story of Robinhood.   

Socialists see the side of the story in which Robinhood helped the poor by robbing from the rich.  Basic and simple wealth redistribution to equalize society.

The other side of the story however is that of government oppression.  Robinhood stole from those who benefit by taking the money of others by force of government.  Robinhood didn't fight against the rich as much as against the government itself.   Socialists usually do not see that side of the story.