Robin Hood Justice: Why Robin Hood Took from the Rich and Gave to the Poor (and We Should Too)

Public Affairs Quarterly 3 (2) (2016)
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The legend of Robin Hood exemplifies a distinct concern of justice neglected by theorists: the distributive results of systemic injustices. Robin Hood’s redistributive activities are justified by the principle that the distributive results of systemic injustices are unjust and should be corrected. This principle has relevance beyond the legend: since current inequalities in the US are results of systemic injustices, the US has good reason to take from the rich and give to the poor.



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Jeppe von Platz
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