Zo d’Axa

To the Voters

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . And that’s what you are! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3 4 5 5 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Give your votes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Citizens: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Citizens! . . . . . The voter is nothing but a failed candidate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Contents Voters: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

On the contrary. made up of imbeciles and swindlers. a nation gets the representatives it deserves. positions and sinecured jobs for if not the Electoral Committees that are paid in this way? The shepherds of the Committees are less naïve than the flock. But who are the tobacco shops. Why did you elect them? You aren’t embarrassed. the more they stay the same. but which now belong to me. positions and tobacco shops. I am blank. that your elected officials mock you and think only of their own interests. My election is assured. as are my rival candidates. to admit that the more things change. 3 . among yourselves. Citizens: You are being fooled. 1 2 The equivalent in the French Parliament of the House of Representatives. I owe you a few words. So why would you elect them again tomorrow? You know quite well that those you send to sit for you will sell their word for a check and will trade in jobs.Voters: In presenting myself for your votes. This is false. didn’t represent the majority of voters. Don’t protest. (editor’s note) Character of a bandit in a popular play by Frederic Lemaitre. You understand that I am speaking frankly. It is said that the last Chamber 1 . My name is Worthless. Here they are: I come from an old French family — I dare to say — and am a pedigreed ass. glory or money. A parliament of idiots and crafty devils. an ass in the good sense of the word: four hooves and hair all over. a Chamber made up of idiotic representatives and cheats represents you as voters perfectly. The Chamber represents the lot. of old fools and Robert Macaires 2 is needed to personify both professional voters and depressed proletarians at one and the same time. like many of the ballots that they persist in not counting.

the petit-bourgeois. They talk to you about integrity. Site of a May Day rally in 1891 that was brutally put down by the army. The honorable thieves of Panama travel in carriages and don’t know the cart. 4 . when the struggle for bread has never been sharper or bloodier. the people-king. the children of the people shake themselves from their torpor they find themselves face to face with our brave army like at Fourmies 4 . . They harvest your votes and that’s all. Those who have already taken everything from you ask for even more. master deceivers and blackmailers. . Bourgeois-leaning politicians: reactionaries or partisans. With each passing day France loses all meaning in the world. And when. They talk to you about brother. cult-smashing people. . They tell you that France is still France. they are deceiving and flattering you when they tell you that you are beautiful. It’s corporalisme reborn more hypocritically than in Germany: a tonsure under the kepi. pirates of the press. But handcuffs squeeze the wrists of old workers who are arrested as vagabonds. . the bone of universal suffrage. right. It is a Marianne kneeling before the throne of autocrats. This isn’t true. things will go well. idea-spreading. to engage in electoral discussions. jaws that no longer know how to bite. .And that’s what you are! They are fooling you. free men . risk-taking. republican masks or false noses. Pears. on occasion. Weakened workers. 3 4 A French military cap. that you are justice. proclaim that if you vote for them things will go better. all liberal meaning. national sovereignty. producers who consume nothing. The supporters of the Republic. It is no longer a nation of hardy. good voters. We live under the supervisors’ eye. the petty lords are tougher on beggars than the masters of the old regimes. 3 They fool you. They keep on deceiving you. They talk to you about patriotism and our sacred patrimony — to you who have nothing. journalists willing to do anything. and the reasoning of the Lebel guns puts lead in their heads. that they move their jaws. Justice is the same for all. and here they are. The ignominy of the present moment is such that no candidate dares defend this society. And it is to tell lies. are content to patiently suck at the bone without marrow that is thrown to them. You are fruit for the picking . they never stop fooling you. . singing of national honor.

. Universal suffrage was created precisely to prevent virile action. and stop complaining. you men of the crowd! Go on. Return to your representatives . And this is as it should be. Charley has a good time voting . Don’t try to inspire pity because of the fate you imposed upon yourselves. . . Citizens! The beggars. A thing is because it must be. 5 . These masters are worth as much as you. . what could we expect of the swarming crowd that we see. The voter is nothing but a failed candidate. . And even if some incident launched men into the streets. So vote. not counting their small profit.Give your votes. . Others invoke the Revolution. and they fool themselves while fooling you. rapacious small merchants. voters! To the polls . the party quacks. the cowardly and empty-headed crowd? Go on! Go on. the thieves. they want to conquer power . . Afterwards don’t insult the Masters that you gave yourselves. Create the Chamber in your image. Listen to the good workers. A dog returns to its vomit. . They are probably worth more: they’re worth 25 francs a day. Voters will never make the Revolution. in order to better abolish it. while they steal from you. voters! Vote! The Parliament emanates from you. and even if a group went into action in response to some police or military attack. It’s enough. because it can’t be any other way. the vote-squeezers all have a special way to make and re-make the Public Good. the candidates. slow-moving domestic folk — need a mediocre parliament that will bring together and make money from all that is vile in the nation. The people at the bottom — with small savings and small hopes.

google. 2012 Zo d’Axa To the Voters from La Feuille Retrieved on 25 January from sites.com .The Anarchist Library Anti-Copyright May 21.