A little story, belonging to this series of Illusions:
You’ve worked hard. Too hard sometimes. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. You’re doing all right now, your little trading business is doing well, you can employ about 25 people from your little town. They’re glad to have employment, but your family still says you work too hard.
You send them off for a little vacation. You put your wife and your little daughter in the vehicle, and the little girl next door is with them. Shy little thing, but she’ll be all right with your wife and daughter. You won’t see them for a while, but you have lots of work coming up in these next two weeks. They should be safe. The town banker is already in that vehicle, in that public conveyance. Your neighbor sold his property, and the banker is taking the money to someone who will purchase a new house for your neighbor.
The vehicle leaves. It will be a nice trip through a pleasant forest, over a few meadows…The precious cargo, your wife and daughter, the others…
….should be safe. Until —
Someone confronts the vehicle.
He is a “professional” who knows the roads. He doesn’t have regular employment. He doesn’t want to have an “ordinary” job. He likes fun and risk-taking and relying on his luck; and now he’s putting your family at risk and he’s relying on the passengers in the vehicle to be quiet and passive and cooperative, because he wants what they have. He doesn’t care what they have. He just knows that your family has more than he has, and he wants it. Your family seems rich enough to him and he doesn’t think that’s fair.
In another century it was these guys who confronted ordinary citizens as they went about their business:
The legend has come down to us that “Robin Hood and his Merry Men” were robbing only the rich and distributing what they stole to poor people.
Legends are powerful. Legends, fiction, novels, movies, the whole entertainment media temper our just condemnation of these men. The Highwayman is turned into an object of romantic desire for girls, a dashing, daring hero for the boys. And Robin Hood has become the quintessential do-gooder, redistributing the wealth as he sees fit. How can he be bad? Little John, Friar Tuck, and all his other friends like him so much!
In this century, taking from the rich and giving to the poor has become fashionable again, at least according to the entertainment industry, which today encompasses the actors and actresses on television who sit in front of cameras and read “news scripts” handed to them.
Some people are even telling us that Jesus would approve:
Two things go wrong here usually. First, it often comes up in my classes when we speak about charity and loving our neighbors, that Jesus pointed the way to taking care of our neighbor in the parable of the Good Samaritan. With the full weight of the media and the culture coming down on us, it’s hard to remember that Jesus was not speaking about huge international charitable corporations; nor was he speaking about a government, our Rulers, taking money away from successful people and giving it to those who….well, who don’t do the things that make people successful – but who could.
( Those who can’t do the things that need to be done in order to have a chance to be successful, those people are being taken care of now in our country. We could make improvements, of course, but we are indeed taking care of them here better than any other place in the world. But you already know that and can answer such critics.)
The parable of the Good Samaritan was the answer to “who is my neighbor.” Turns out my “neighbor” is not only my family, my actual neighbor, the people I know and live and work with, but it is also, according to this parable, anyone in my near vicinity, anyone next to me, stranger or otherwise, who has … some need … that I can help him with. That’s my duty. God loves that person. So must I. But it must be I, myself, who aids the needy, not someone else, on my behalf. Jesus wasn’t speaking of Proxy Samaritans.
The second thing that usually goes wrong is the people who are in charge of taking away what rich people have and giving it to the poor are nearly all the time very, very, very wealthy themselves. How’d they get that way?
In every socialist society the Rulers are very wealthy; the rich get poorer or they get away, if they can. Is it the co-founder of Facebook that has recently renounced his US citizenship? French newspapers are reporting many wealthy French are leaving their country after the last elections there, in which a socialist was elected.
I don’t have any examples of socialist leaders not becoming fabulously wealthy, but there are plenty of examples of very wealthy left-wing “influential” people. You can read about them everywhere. In fact, you can start with Mssr. Hollande. He is a socialist who won the elections, but he is also a socialist who is extremely wealthy and own three wonderful villas and a yacht…..
Remember the presidential candidate with a 12,500 square foot house that requires as much electricity as any small city in America? And he makes billions, now, telling us that we must use less and do without. He appears to have failed ninth-grade general science, but he does have powerful left-wing Rulers promoting him.
And then there is this news item entitled “The Soros Summit”:
“A secretive network of left-wing billionaires and their political operatives descended on the luxurious Biltmore Hotel in Miami over the weekend to discuss strategy for the coming elections. The location of the conference had been kept a closely guarded secret by the members and guests of Democracy Alliance (DA), a collection of ultra-wealthy liberal donors formed in 2005, and is reported here in a Washington Free Beacon exclusive. Attendees roamed the grounds at the 150-acre tropical resort on their way to cocktail gatherings, salsa dance lessons, and workshops such as “Occupy the Voting Booth” and “The 1 Percent Rule.” Local police guarded entrances as members attended a “partners only” meeting in the hotel’s Country Club Courtyard. . . .”
You can actually read more on this informative story at this link, but you can find many examples on your own.
Our Rulers want your money. More of it, that is. Our Rulers want more money from the people who employ us. A few articles are written about those who finally have to leave this country because they can’t afford to stay in business here anymore. Business is suffering. Unemployment is rising. And there is not enough money to take care of those in actual need.
This is the Robin Hood Illusion in action. Take away from those who are successful – give to the poor ones who will vote for the takers. The wealth will concentrate into the hands of the few, who will then. . . .