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I pursued the question of alternatives to capitalism and SOCIALISM on a political forum, and the general consensus was those are all we have to work with. In a later, unrelated discussion, someone announced a new thing called "post-capitalism." There are several books about post capitalism, including Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason. I ...


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I recommend Rajani (Kannepalli) Kanth but with some caveats/reservations. But before that... The Universe is made of stories, not atoms. Throughout history one collective narrative after another has worn thin, then to be replaced by another. We’re humans; that’s what we do Muriel Rukeyser/George Monbiot Communism is a story, capitalism another. And ...


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Rational choice theorists suggest that government is by the "best" organized criminals to succeed in ruling the people. Organized crime and government are more closely related than we choose to believe. So, a criminal leader may be unethical (ethics is more about individuals) but this can have moral (morals are about society) results. Remember, there is ...


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In your third sentence you seem to suggest that a disparity of wealth is a bad thing, an ugly consequence of a free market rather than an innate quality to it. But you also seem to imply that Robins endeavors were wrong because they were futile, an argument of morality from utility. I agree with your claims about the lower classes making poor decisions and ...


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The irony of this post, of course, is that Robin Hood is one of the early heroes of the Liberal Enlightenment, a kind of transitional figure between the enlightened nobility of the Arthurian legends and the reasoning freeholders of high classical Liberalism. Robin Hood evoked all of the principles that we find in later Liberalism: resistance to unjust ...


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One of the most fascinating and unexpected questions I have come across on PSE. But I have in an entirely friendly spirit some criticisms to offer: Free markets and cunning if we assume a free market exists, regardless of how he redistributes wealth, a disparity will return over time based on competitive behaviour determining the most cunning ...


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He was definitely force of good from historical perspective Robin Hood lived in feudal society. According to some versions of the legend, he was disgraced feudal lord (Robin of Locksley). In feudal society all political power and most of the wealth belonged to nobility . On the other hand, majority of population (peasants, serfs) had no political power, ...


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Considering Robin Hood primarily as a literature character, we can ask into which genre he falls, what type or even archetype he represents. To me it is clear that he is not the hero of a morality tale, but rather the rogue archetype. That explains his fame as well, because well-written rogues are very popular with readers. The concept touches upon not the ...


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Leaving aside the accuracy of Robin Hood, I'll address your points directly. The first being that if we assume a free market exists... There was no free market in England in Robin Hood's time. The disparity in the usual telling of Robin Hood is due to oppressive taxation by a corrupt usurper. ...regardless of how he redistributes wealth, a disparity ...


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Your summary doesn't really match your longer-form thoughts. You seem to have at least two questions here: Supposing Robin Hood had some historical existence, what would have been his goal in taking from the rich and giving to the poor? Any sufficiently ambitious goal is impossible (corollary: any goal that is possible is insufficiently ambitious). Suppose ...


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You have missed the fact that this is happening during a feudal period. A lord’s job was to protect and provide for the needs of his people. If he didn’t do that, someone else would. In this case, while the King was away, the mice did play —- including Robin Hood. His redistribution of the wealth, wasn’t a socialist impulse, but rather an attempt at ...


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Disclaimer: I just skimmed a bunch of Wikipedia articles and old stories. I think I got the gist of the history about right, but can't claim this to be authoritative. tl;dr- Robin Hood was never really meant to be a good guy. Instead, he was a brigand who ran a criminal enterprise, much like Al Capone. Early stories noted how the criminal enterprise's ...


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Wanted to register a small framing challenge here with a few tiny notes (please do try to understand this as a good faith attempt to clarify the concern!) It seems somewhat ill-fitting to import any of our contemporary economic concepts onto the feudal context. We can leave aside the early premonitions of a burgeoning mercantilist class capable of acting as ...


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While this is not a philosophy question, it raises a few points. First, I don't personally know of any version of Robin Hood where he takes from riches who got rich because of their cunning and entrepreneurship. Usually they are rich because they harass peons with taxes that are justified by no service (as opposed, for exemple, to tax paid against police ...


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If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain. Winston Churchill kinda-sorta You just collected a few gray hairs dear😇 Doesn't mean that I – past middle age – agree with your Robin Hood disagreement. There is ample reason to believe that massive wars, failed states ...


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what happiness is supposed to be and how it could be measured (to maximize it) We can't measure it directly so we use voting instead in democracies what the target group should be (whose overall amount of happiness is to be maximezed) The group is the total number of people impacted by the action you're considering But maybe this still isn't the whole ...


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This is not as difficult as we make it. The lower three quartiles of the population's IQ distribution also happen to be the ones that will panic and act irrationally if confronted with a horrific event predicted or in situ, so it is simply a matter of remaining open and honest with the public, but scaling the extent to which news events of this nature are ...


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Libertarianism doesn't identify any particular set of ideas. It's a loose, opportunist political coalition that includes a lot of people with very different ideas. Some people under that label are against the welfare state, others are in favour of it in the form of policies like guaranteed minimum income. So there is libertarian political philosophy about ...


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