By Mitchell Abidor
probably no interval has so marked, so deformed, or so outlined the anarchist flow because the 3 years in France from 1892 to 1894, the years referred to as the Age of Attentats, the years ruled via the Propagandists of the Deed. Death to Bourgeois Society tells the tale of 4 younger anarchists who have been guillotined in France within the Nineties. the quantity makes a speciality of the most avatars of this circulation and comprises key first-person narratives of the occasions, from Ravachol’s forbidden speech and his account of his lifestyles, to Emile Henry’s wondering at his trial and his programmatic letter to the director of the legal within which he used to be held, to Auguste Vaillant’s disagreement with the investigators instantly after tossing his bomb, and Santo Caserio’s description of the assassination and his protection at his trial. In a time of cynicism and political decay for plenty of, they represented a purity missing in society, and their activities once they have been captured, their forthrightness, their defiance as much as the guillotine merely additional to their luster.
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And you artists who, with a talkative brush, recount on your canvases your mystical dreams, are offered here a great subject. If you’ve understood your epoch, if you’ve recognized and kissed the doorway to the future, it is up to you to trace the life and passing of this saint in a pious triptych. For a time will come when in the temples of Real Fraternity your stained glass will be placed in the most beautiful spot so that the light of the sun, passing through the halo of the martyr, can illuminate the gratitude of men free of egoism on a planet free of property.
This is Christ’s formula, to each according to his needs, so marvelously translated in the parable of the father who pays at the same price the workers who went to his vineyard at dawn, those who went at noon, and those hired in the evening. Work doesn’t merit wages, but needs must be satisfied. You shouldn’t give in the hope of remunerative recognition, or for a labor useful to you, but solely from love of your fellow man, to quench your hunger for altruism, your thirst for the good and the beautiful, your passion for harmony and universal happiness.
Tired of leading this life of suffering and cowardice, I carried this bomb to those who are primarily responsible for social misery. I am reproached with the wounds of those who were struck by my projectiles. Permit me to point out in passing that, if the bourgeois had not massacred or caused massacres during the Revolution, it is probable that they would still be under the yoke of the nobility. On the other hand, figure up the dead and wounded in Tonkin, Madagascar, Dahomey, adding to this the thousands, yes, millions of unfortunates who die in the factories, the mines, and wherever the grinding power of capital is felt.