This is known as "The Capitalist System."
It's also known as "The Communist System," which is only different from the Capitalist System, in that it's more hypocritical, saying that "everybody shares," except when the system is run by human beings, in which case it's just like the Capitalist System, when they don't. The big difference is that Capitalism, the less hypocritical ("I want your money and I'm going to take it") way of taking people's money away from them seems to work (because, obviously, people are taking money from others) and communism never has. (see "capitalism").
With Capitalism you give somebody money and get something in return (however cheap-jack, unnecessary, and useless it might be) and they say "Go away and leave me with my money"—unless you sign a contract, in which case you are beholden to keep giving them money until the contract runs out, or they raise prices (in which case, tough luck), or they decide that they can do anything they want because they have more money (See #2). Then, there's taxes, which pay for what you may need, but don't want to use, like police or fire or libraries. With Communism, you contribute to a pool of funds, which will be distributed (theoretically) equally as far as goods and services—unless you're the person determining what those goods and services are, in which case, you get more.
At this juncture, you're probably saying "Huh! Given the current congress, there isn't any difference between Capitalism and Communism because the ones in charge are distributing the goods in services while enjoying a greater portion of the goods and services and living high on the hog." In both cases, if left unchecked and unregulated, there will be an elite 1% who have the majority of funds over the 99% who have less. At that point, the wheels of governance fall off the bus because the government begins to work for the 1%, rather than the 99%. At which point, Capitalism is no different from Communism.
And so, "Robin Hood." "Rob from the Rich and Give to the Poor." He actually stole tax funds from the King and gave it back to those who paid it. Supposedly.
But, people being people...and myth being myth....
My image of Robin Hood is closer to the John Cleese version in Time Bandits. Basically, a feckless, absurdly cheery "man on a white horse" who pretends to be "of the people" and who feigns kinship, but doesn't really relate, and does what he wants, however deluded and (ultimately) counter-productive he proves to be to "his people." He APPEARS apposite, but is actually opposite. These days, a lot of politicians paint themselves as "Robin Hood's" doing "the good" work, robbing from the poor and giving to the rich, when they're doing no good and actually doing harm. First.
Do we call that "The Hypocritical Oath?"
Oh, and "as sure as death and taxes?" As the song says "there's one thing surer/The rich get rich and the poor get...children."
The Set-Up: Young Kevin (Craig Warnock) lives in a plush suburban London neighborhood, but he dreams of adventure like the kind he finds in history books. If only he could escape his life and live one more to his imagining. One night, he gets his wish, when his bedroom is invaded by six ne'er-do-well's (David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Jack Purvis, Malcolm Dixon, Mike Edmonds, and Tiny Ross) who travel through holes in time-space to rob people blind. They have just robbed Napoleon (Ian Holm) and barely gotten by without being killed when they appear in Another Time, Another Place.
But, where is it?
FIDGIT Hey, where are we?
RANDALL Where are we? Why, it's obvious.
RANDALL We're, um--
PANSY Vincent, don't worry about a thing.
VINCENT I'm not worrying.
KEVIN ....In the Middle Ages.
RANDALL Hmm...in the Middle Ages. Five-hundred years before the man we just robbed was even born.
RANDALL Try that one in a court of law.
WALLY Vermin, that is not meant to be eaten.
VERMIN You never know until you've eaten it.
KEVIN Is it always like this when you've done a raid?
FIDGIT I don't know. We've never done one before.
KEVIN But I thought you were international criminals.
RANDALL Going to be. Going to be.
FIDGIT Yeah, going to be. Aren't we? Going to be? Especially now that we've got you, Kevin.
RANDALL Hang on. He's just a kid. He's not one of us.
FIDGIT He knows an awful lot.
WALLY Yeah, and he's bigger than any of us.
RANDALL Do you really want to join us?
KEVIN Can we really go anywhere?
RANDALL You name it.
RANDALL If it's down here.
KEVIN I don't understand.
KEVIN What's so special about that map?
RANDALL This map used to belong to the Supreme Being.
KEVIN You stole it?
RANDALL No. Well..sort of. He used to be our employer. He made all the big stuff, Like good and evil, men and women, night and day.
RANDALL And when He did trees and shrubs, we helped make all this.
KEVIN Whew, that's not bad.
RANDALL Yeah, and did we get a thimble full of credit for it?
RANDALL No, all we got was the sack, just for creating the Pink Bunkadoo.
KEVIN Pink Bunkadoo?
RANDALL Yeah. Beautiful tree that was.
RANDALL Og designed it, didn't you? Yeah. Six-hundred feet high, bright red and smelled terrible. As a disciplinary measure, we were sent down to the repairs department.
RANDALL You see, to be quite frank, the fabric of the universe is far from perfect. It was a bit of a botched job. We only had seven days to make it.
RANDALL And that's where this comes in.
RANDALL This is the only map of all the holes. Well, why repair them? Why not use them to get stinkin' rich?
WALLY Yeah, stinkin' rich! Lads, here's to stinkin' rich!
RANDALL Stinkin' rich. Stinkin' rich.
FIDGIT And to Kevin!-
STRUTTER Yeah, Kevin! -
RANDALL Here's to Kevin!-
OG Stinkin' Kevin!
KEVIN Hey, hold it there. -
WALLY Hey, the map.
RANDALL Yeah, the map.
FIDGIT Don't forget the map.
KEVIN Hey, come on! Smile!
PANSY (in distance) Help! Robbers!
OG Hey, that's us!
RANDALL Someone's in trouble. Come on!
RANDALL Grab the loot.
PANSY It's a bit tight.
STRUTTER Now, those are our sort of people.
PANSY Vincent! Oh! Oh, dear!
RANDALL Come on.
PANSY Oh, Vincent, someone's coming. -
PANSY Help! Help, I say! Oh, at last. Oh, I say! I say, my fiance and I would appreciate a bit of assistance.
VINCENT Oh, no! The problem, Pansy!
PANSY Oh! Oh!
VINCENT It's started again!
PANSY Oh! Oh! Oh, don't worry, darling. I say!
VINCENT I must have fruit!
FIDGIT Where are we?-
WALLY We've lost them.
RANDALL Come on. Don't be so wet.
WALLY What do we do now, Randall?
RANDALL Just leave this to me, Wally. We've just got to treat them right.
RANDALL What do you want, you tatty-faced old scumbag?
REDGRAVE What's your business, gob face?
RANDALL We're robbers!
REDGRAVE Villainous robbers?
RANDALL The worst.
REDGRAVE Stop at nothing?
RANDALL Nothing at all.
REDGRAVE Steal a cup outta a beggar's hands?
REDGRAVE The teeth from blind old ladies?
RANDALL Of course.
REDGRAVE Toys from children?
RANDALL Whenever we can.
Randall and Redgrave start growling at each other to prove their toughness.
REDGRAVE Right. Let 'em down!
RANDALL They always crack in the end.
RANDALL Listen, I've got a few ideas for, uh, a linkup... between your gang and our gang, but I only want to talk to the boss.
TUCK The boss?
REDGRAVE The boss?
RANDALL That's right.
MARIAN They serious?
REDGRAVE (warily) Ohhh.
MERRY MAN ARM-WRESTLER: All right! Do it!
MERRY MAN ARM-WRESTLER: Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Hah! Anyone else wanna go?
REDGRAVE Come on, you weasels.
MERRY MAN What's this?
TUCK Move yourself, leprechaun.
TUCK Move yourself, lad.
MERRY MAN That's disgusting!
MARIAN Wait here! I'll get him!
HOOD Hello. I-I'm Hood.
KEVIN It's Robin Hood.
MARIAN (translating) Say good morning, you scum.
ALL Good morning, scum.
HOOD Good morning. You're all robbers, then?
RANDALL The best, Mr. Hood.
HOOD Jolly good. And you're-you're a robber, are you?
(Og says nothing and after a few seconds uncomfortable silence, Hood moves on)
HOOD Jolly good. Ah, and do you enjoy robbing, then?
WALLY Well, it helps pay the rent, sir.
HOOD Ha-Ha!HOOD Jolly good! Ha-Ha-Hah! And you're a robber too, are you? How long have you been a robber?
HOOD Good Lord! - Jolly good!
HOOD Four-foot-one?- Yes. Well, th-th-th-that i-i-is a long time, isn't it?
HOOD Well now! I hear you've made a pretty good haul.
RANDALL Well, see for yourself, sir.
HOOD Gosh! I say! Crikey! I mean, I've been in robbing for years...
HOOD ...but I've never seen anything like this.
HOOD Crumbs! And you acquired all of this by yourselves?
RANDALL Well, it was a good day, Mr. Hood.
HOOD Jolly good day!
RANDALL It's nice, isn't it?
HOOD Rather! Well, I mean, what can I say? Thank you.
RANDALL Thank you, thank you all very, very much indeed.
RANDALL Oh, don't ment-
HOOD Well, I mean, it's frightfully kind of you. The poor are going to be absolutely thrilled!
HOOD Have you met them?
HOOD The poor?
RANDALL The poor?
HOOD Oh, you must meet them. I just know you'll like them. Charming people...
HOOD Of course, they haven't got two pennies to rub together. - But that's because they're poor.
(All have a jolly good laugh at that, prompted by Redgrave)
HOOD Uh, Marian, would you-would you be so kind as to ask the poor to come in, please?
MARIAN No problem.
HOOD Thank you so much.
MARIAN Eh! Come on, you lot!
HOOD Let's just see what we've got.
HOOD This is going to be so much help in our work.
RANDALL No, you don't understand.
RANDALL All this stuff is ours. We've stolen it.
HOOD Oh, yes, I know, and believe you me the poor are going to be not just absolutely thrilled, but also considerably less poor, aren't they, Redgrave?
HOOD You see?
HOOD See? Yes...er...uh...
HOOD What...What did he say?
MARIAN He said, "Yeah, what with Christmas coming up and all."
HOOD Ah, jolly good.
HOOD Yes, well, there we are. Congratulations. Well done.
HOOD There we are. Well done. Congratulations.
HOOD Is that-- Is that absolutely necessary?HOOD Yes. What did he say?
MARIAN - He says, yeah, he's afraid it is.
HOOD Ah, fine. Fine.
HOOD There we are, madam. Congratulations.
HOOD Well done. Jolly good.-
OLD WOMAN Thank you.
HOOD Incidentally, would any of you like to stay on and help us with our work? There's still so much wealth to redistribute.
KEVIN Oh, I'd like to stay.
HOOD Jolly good. What's your name?
KEVIN - Uh, Ke---
HOOD What a jolly nice name.
KEVIN - Let me go.
HOOD Well, never mind. Cheerio!
HOOD Thank you very much.
HOOD Thank you very much.
HOOD Thank you very, very, very, very much!
HOOD Awful people.
Words by Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam
Time Bandits is available on DVD and Blu-Ray by The Criterion Collection.