Robin Hood Today

Robin Hood comic cover

My youngest daughter recently gave me a Classics Illustrated comic that told the story of Robin Hood. Her gift dropped me into the ‘way-back’ time-machine and transported me to the land of childhood memories. I enjoyed my visit.

Unfortunately, the comic also had a less desirable effect, I began to ruminate about the similarities between the evil rich of Robin’s time and AIG, BP, ENRON, Halliburton, Lehman Brothers and many other international corporations.

Don’t misunderstand, I’m certainly not a communist. I’m a big supporter of ethical, private ownership. My first sentence at 1stWealth.com was “Your first wealth is health,” but don’t underestimate the benefits of a significant income. Link deactivated, please see below. That said, there’s a huge difference between a significant income and the obscene salaries and bonuses many corporate executives have received in the past and continue to receive today. In my opinion, obscene incomes and bonuses are wrong and are not something we should aspire to.

I suspect some of my American friends would classify me as a socialist; some would do do simply because I’m a proud Canadian. Who knows, depending on their definition of socialism, they might be correct. I am a supporter of the Canadian health care system. Not one of our banks failed, likely because they have been heavily regulated for many years. I’m also proud of the Canadian social safety net, because, like most Canadians, I value my fellow citizens.

We don’t need to steal from the rich the way Robin Hood may have done, we just have to “Wise Up,” to ensure that the top one to two percent cannot continue to steal from the rest of us. Likewise income produced by network marketing companies must be shared amongst a higher percentage of distributors.

The world must not be run for the exclusive benefit of the wealthiest one to two percent.

Update 20111104: I’m no longer involved with network marketing.