Zo d’Axa

To the Voters

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

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

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

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

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