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Adbuster proposal to General Assemblies: "On October 29, on the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France, let the people of the world rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1% #ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades. Let's send them a clear message: We want you to slow down some of that $1.3-trillion easy money that's sloshing around the global casino each day - enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world."

Demonstrators dressed in green Robin Hood outfits paddle their kayaks down the Chicago River, 10/10/11. (photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Demonstrators dressed in green Robin Hood outfits paddle their kayaks down the Chicago River, 10/10/11. (photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)



Adbusters Calls for Robin Hood Global March

By Adbusters

18 October 11

 

Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns


We take from the rich and give to the poor.

Adbusters Tactical Briefing #15

Alright you redeemers, rebels and radicals out there,

We're living through a magical moment ... #OCCUPYWALLSTREET has catalyzed into an international insurgency for democracy ... the mood at our assemblies is electric ... people who go there are drawn into a Gandhian spirit of camaraderie and hope for a new kind of future. Across the globe the 99% are marching! You have inspired more than you know. People are digging into Act One of the long Spring.

Its now time to amp up the edgy theatrics ... deviant pranks, subversive performances and playful détournements of all kinds. Open your insurrectionary imagination. Anything, from a bottom-up transformation of the global economy to changing the way we eat, the way we get around, the way we live, love and communicate ... be the spark that sustains a global revolution of everyday life!

As the movement matures, lets consider a response to our critics. Lets occupy the core of our global system. Lets dethrone the greed that defines this new century. Lets work to define our one great demand.

October 29 - #RobinHood Global March

This is a proposal for the general assemblies of the Occupy movement.

Eight years ago, on February 15, 2003, upwards of 15 million people in sixty countries marched together to stop President Bush from invading Iraq ... a huge chunk of humanity lived for one day without dead time and glimpsed the power of a united people's movement. Now we have an opportunity to repeat that performance on an even larger scale.

On October 29, on the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France, let's the people of the world rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1% #ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades. Let's send them a clear message: We want you to slow down some of that $1.3-trillion easy money that's sloshing around the global casino each day - enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world.

Take this idea to your local general assembly and join your comrades in the streets on October 29.


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-61 # Martintfre 2011-10-18 22:12
http://thatsawesome.blogspot.com/2004/10/robin-hood-is-evil.html

" [Robin Hood] is not remembered as a champion of property, but as a champion of need, not as a defender of the robbed, but as a provider of the poor. He is held to be the first man who assumed a halo of virtue by practicing charity with wealth which he did not own, by giving away goods which he had not produced, by making others pay for the luxury of his pity. He is the man who became a symbol of the idea that need, not achievement, is the source of rights, that we don’t have to produce, only to want, that the earned does not belong to us, but the unearned does."...
 
 
+20 # thirteenthpaladin 2011-10-18 23:44
"If the existing order was founded on the arbitrary will of ... men who could twist the law to their own ends, then it was the role of the outlaw to seek redress and justice by other means ... Robin Hood and his contemporaries were cunning ... but by the codes of their time, they were also honourable. "~ Dr Mike Ibeji

"He appears not so much as a revolt against societal standards as an embodiment of them, being generous, pious, and courteous, opposed to stingy, worldly, and churlish foes." ~ JC Holt
 
 
+16 # tedrey 2011-10-19 06:30
In societies long before "Merrie England," as also right up to our own,
the rich and powerful have fattened on wealth which they had extorted, wasted away goods which they had not produced, made others pay for the luxury of their greed. Why should they have a monopoly on such behavior?
 
 
+17 # Lloyd Wagner 2011-10-19 08:06
What goods do the bankers produce?
Vegetable pickers should be earning millions per year, because they DO produce. Bankers should be learning to scrimp by on starvation wages and no benefits, because they don't produce anything whatsoever.
 
 
+14 # Capn Canard 2011-10-19 10:42
Martinfre, boy that is really the pot calling the kettle black! The KING DID NOT PRODUCE THE WEALTH, the poor serfs/peasants did the work, and by the sweat of their brow they did produce the wealth. As the story goes, the "Robin Hood", took said products and redistributed the goods to the actual producers! Your argument is based on the law of the those who stole the products from the producers in the first place. There is an argument to be made that if you defend a known thief, then this make you an accomplice in that theft. Who is the real thief here, Marty?

If you use the story of Robin Hood, then WANT isn't the question, it is a question of who did the work and in the story the King didn't produce anything but poverty.

Your reasoning is specious, not unexpected given the source:

"[Robin Hood] is not remembered as a champion of property, but as a champion of need, not as a defender of the robbed, but as a provider of the poor."

Once again, it isn't even need that gives Robin Hood his true legal rational, it is a question of who produced the wealth? And the answer: The starving peasants did! The King only produced conditions in which the peasants were suffering, thus a cunning hero arose to usurp the incompetent King's power, such as it is in the tale.
 
 
-4 # Martintfre 2011-10-21 12:15
The premise is that it is ok to steal if your motive is good and your victim is unpopular.
 
 
+27 # thirteenthpaladin 2011-10-18 22:34
If my lips teach the public that men are made mad by bad treatment, and if the police are taught that they may exasperate to madness men they persecute and ill treat, my life will not be entirely thrown away
~ Ned Kelly
 
 
+15 # rsb1 2011-10-19 08:49
maybe you could add to your demands the release into the public domain of the thousands of alternative energy patents that have been 'purchased' and with-held to protect the existing monopolies. There are literally thousands of proven and patented devices that are being withheld
 
 
+7 # Kayjay 2011-10-19 15:15
It seems that Martintfre is the sole champion for "achievers," in these parts. I guess he admires such corporate powerhouses as Costco. I would really like know what goods Costco produces. It seems like they only profit off goods made by the sweat off others' brow. Costco has indeed made a bundle and now is pumping nearly $12 of their stash into passing an initiative in Washington state to privatize hard liquor sales. Apparently, there is a lot of money to be made in selling hard booze at wholesale prices. Sounds good eh? I only mention this because it's yet another eg. of our corporate pals trying to BUY an election and line their pockets with greenbacks. Yes people have needs, but the playing field is tilted my friend.
 
 
-3 # Martintfre 2011-10-21 12:32
if you do not like costco then do not go there.

Unlike the King - who has his minions poke a gun (sword) in your face and compels payment - in a free market you my or may not frequent what ever business you choose.

Oh and Robbing hood and his merry little band did not work for free - the parties and entertainment for maid marian and her friends was expensive so the poor serfs ended up paying for the paracitic king and robbing hoods gangs
 

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