from Sébastien Faure, The Anarchist Encyclopedia, 1934.

Automaton: An engineered machine that, by means of springs, imitates the movements of a living body. By extension we call automatons people who cannot think or act by themselves. Example: many citizens are simple automatons who obey the suggestions and orders coming from on high; they vote, they work and they cheer on those who rob them. The dream of those in charge is to rule over a nation of automatons. That is why governments ruthlessly hunt down whoever tries to open the eyes of the masses and transform these automatons into conscious individuals—exactly what the anarchists try to do. The future society will be a society of men and not a society of automatons.


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