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Automaton

November 18, 2011

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.

Antipathy

November 13, 2011

from Sébastien Faure, The Anarchist Encyclopedia, 1934.

The disgust you feel at the approach of certain beings. Something that tells you “Get away.” Some handshakes, some looks are extremely unpleasant. We experience a justified repulsion for journalists who are more or less compromised, for filthy, envious colleagues, for selfish, ambitious comrades, for the young old men. And the middle-class louts are repulsive, the bourgeois, the pedantic, the prigs, the false artists, the turncoats, the pontiffs, and don’t forget the censors and police—everyone who represents regression, retreat and a reaction—everyone contrary or “our” dreams, “our” ideals, “our” aspirations—everyone who is not “ours.”


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