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Octave Mirbeau: The Voters Strike

Octave Mirbeau: The Voters Strike

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There’s something that astounds me enormously. In fact, I’d even say that it
stupefies me, and that’s that at this scientific moment when I’m writing, after
countless experiences, after daily scandals, there can still exist in our dear France
(astheysayat the Budget Commission)one voter, one single voter – that irrational,
inorganic, hallucinatory animal – who consents to put a halt to his affairs, his
dreams, and his pleasures in order to vote in favor of someone or something. If
we think about it for just one instant, is this surprising phenomenon not one fit to
confuse the most subtle philosophers and confound reason? Where is the Balzac
who can give us the physiology of the modern voter, or the Charcot who will
explain the anatomy and mentality of this incurable lunatic? We are waiting for
him.
There’s something that astounds me enormously. In fact, I’d even say that it
stupefies me, and that’s that at this scientific moment when I’m writing, after
countless experiences, after daily scandals, there can still exist in our dear France
(astheysayat the Budget Commission)one voter, one single voter – that irrational,
inorganic, hallucinatory animal – who consents to put a halt to his affairs, his
dreams, and his pleasures in order to vote in favor of someone or something. If
we think about it for just one instant, is this surprising phenomenon not one fit to
confuse the most subtle philosophers and confound reason? Where is the Balzac
who can give us the physiology of the modern voter, or the Charcot who will
explain the anatomy and mentality of this incurable lunatic? We are waiting for
him.

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Published by: Bloom on May 27, 2013
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