from Sébastien Faure, The Anarchist Encyclopedia, 1934.

Avatar: (n.m. sanscrit avatâra) Avatar is the name given in India to the incarnations of a god, particularly of Vishnu. By analogy the word avatar has come to designate a transformation, a metamorphosis. Ex: the avatars of a politician.
Like apostasy, the avatar is a very popular in politics—what politician doesn’t have an avatar? In general, it is enough just to call upon them—a promotion or a cushy job somewhere. Those are the things that politicians care about—in fact, that will usually get them moving.
Anarchists don’t recognize avatars in politics and they know how to castigate them when the time comes.


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