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Zo d’Axa

To the Voters

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

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

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

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