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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL n° spécial - documentary, "Reclus, the passion of the world," Nicolas Eprendre (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:39:28 +0300

Nicolas Eprendre The film portrays an unusual personality, at once great traveler, renowned scientist and man of conviction, a leading anarchist thinkers of the nineteenth century: Reclus. ---- companions ---- You ask a man of good will, which is neither voting nor candidate exposing yourself what are his views on the exercise of the right of suffrage. ---- The time you give me is very short, but having about the electoral vote, well clear convictions, I have to say can be formulated in a few words. ---- Voting is abdicating; appoint one or more teachers for a short or long period, give up its sovereignty. It becomes absolute monarch, constitutional prince or simply representative having a small share of royalty, the candidate you wear to the throne or chair will be your superior. You name the men who are above the law, since they are responsible for drafting and that their mission is to make you obey.

Voting is being duped; is to believe that men like you suddenly gain, the tinkling of a bell, the power to know everything and understand everything. Your agents have to legislate on everything, matches to warships, the weeding trees to exterminate the red or black tribes, it seems that their intelligence grows by reason of the immensity of the task. History teaches that the opposite occurs. The power has always distraught, the parlotage always stupefied. In the sovereign assemblies, mediocrity inevitably prevails.

Vote means evoking treason. No doubt, the voters believe in the honesty of those to whom they give their votes - and perhaps have it right on the first day, when candidates are still in the fervor of first love. But every day has its day. When the environment changes, man changes with him. Today, the candidate bows to you, and may be too low; tomorrow he will recover and maybe too high. He begged the votes, it will give you orders. The worker, now against Master, can it remain what it had before getting the favor of the boss? The fiery Democrat he not learn to kowtow when the banker deign to invite her to her office, when the kings servants do him the honor of the talk in the corridors? The atmosphere of these bodies is unhealthy to breathe, you send your agents in a corrupt environment; do not be surprised if they come out corrupted.

So do not abdicate, so do not put your for men necessarily incapable and future traitors. Do not vote! Rather than entrust your interests to others, defend them yourselves; instead of taking lawyers to propose a future mode of action, action! Opportunities abound to men of good will. Blame others responsible for his conduct, is to lack courage.

I greet you from my heart, comrades.


The Passion of the world runs the course and the work of Reclus, French geographer and anarchist (1830-1905).

Nadar's photographs convey to us a good-natured look and acute. The voice of Carlo Brandt gives life to the pages that combine poetry and humor, scientific and political thought. Hélène Sarrazin (biographer), Kenneth White (writer), Philippe Pelletier and Federico Ferretti (geographers), stand turns the figure of a man who is close to us, and whose analyzes are echoes ours at the beginning of XXI century .

With Carlo Brandt

Director: Nicolas Eprendre
Image: Nicolas Rideau
Music: Oliver Cahours
Editing: Christine Bouteiller
A coproduction: Antoine Martin Production - Groupe Galactica - Bip tv
With support from the Pôle Image Haute-Normandie and the National Film Centre
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