August 15, 2021
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Etre anarchiste

Beaucoup de camarades se disant anarchistes, mais n’agissant pas comme tels, nuisent Ă  notre propagande et il faut surtout, en province, remĂ©dier Ă  cet Ă©tat de choses.

Il ne suffit pas de hurler Ă  tous les Ă©chos que l’on est anarchiste, de monter Ă  la tribune, dĂ©biter un tas de stupiditĂ©s, de lire le Libertaire plus ou moins pour ĂȘtre anarchiste.

Il ne faut pas faire comme certains qui hurlent Ă  la rĂ©volution et quand on leur demande de l’action, rĂ©pondent piteusement que la femme va « gueuler » Ă  la maison l’on arrive en retard. Comment voulez-vous que ces pauvres camarades fassent une rĂ©volution sociale, eux qui, ne peuvent mĂȘme pas amener une petite rĂ©forme dans leur famille. Si, on leur touche deux mots Ă  propos de leur action plutĂŽt restreinte et vaine ils le prennent de haut et ne veulent rien entendre.

Quoi ! ce n’est pas ainsi que l’on est anarchiste, Comprenez-le, malheureux camarades, lu vie d’un anarchiste est celle d’un au-dehors, d’un sacrifiĂ©. Eh ! oui, il vaut mieux envisager la chose franchement, cela fera peur Ă  certains et ne plaira pas Ă  d’autres, mais tant pis, la vĂ©ritĂ© est un fait cl notre devoir est de la dĂ©voiler. Etre anarchiste, c’est lutter contre tout : contre les parents, contre les amis, contre la sociĂ©tĂ©, c’est une souffrance continuelle, c’est risquer tous les jours d’ĂȘtre jetĂ© sur le pavĂ© ou d’aller moisir des annĂ©es dans un maudit cachot, rayĂ© de la sociĂ©tĂ© et presque de la vie.

Vivre en anarchiste c’est apprendre à souffrir
 mais c’est dur de souffrir.

Robert DULUD.

To Be an Anarchist

The fact that many comrades claim to be anarchists, but do not act as such, undermines our propaganda and this state of affairs must be remedied, particularly in the provinces.

To be an anarchist, it is not enough to scream at all the echoes that you are an anarchist, to go up to the rostrum, to utter a bunch of stupidities, to read the Libertaire more or less frequently.

We must not do as some people do, crying out for revolution and, when asked for action, piteously replying that the wife is going to “holler” if we get home late. How do you expect these poor comrades to make a social revolution, they who cannot even bring about a small reform in their family. If we say anything about their rather limited and futile action, they look down their noses and don’t want to hear a word.

What! This is not the way to be an anarchist. Understand, unhappy comrades, that the life of an anarchist is that of an outsider, of one sacrificed. Hey! Yes, it is better to face it frankly. It will scare some and will not please others, but too bad, the truth is a fact and our duty is to reveal it. To be an anarchist is to fight against everything: against parents, against friends, against society. It is a continual suffering. It is to risk, every day, to be thrown on the pavement or to go rot for years in some cursed dungeon, wiped from society and nearly wiped from life.

To live as an anarchist is to learn to suffer 
 but it is hard to suffer.

Robert DULUD.

Robert Dulud, “Etre anarchiste,” Le Libertaire, 3e sĂ©ries, 30 no. 203 (8 juillet 1924): 2.

[Working translation by Shawn P. Wilbur]




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