“I’ve chosen a special mission of my own. I’m after a man whom I want to destroy. He died many centuries ago, but until the last trace of him is wiped out of men’s minds, we will not have a decent world to live in.”Hank Rearden doesn't really know what he means and Dannesjold goes in and explains the horror which Robin Hood immortalizes as an ideal of righteousness.
Hank Rearden: “What man?”
Danneskjold: “Robin Hood.”
He is remembered, not 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 the 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.It is the foulest of creatures - the double-parasite who lives on the sores of the poor and the blood of the rich-whom men have come to regard as a moral ideal.