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Zo d’Axa

To the Voters

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

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

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

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

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