Zo d’Axa

To the Voters

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

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

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

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

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

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