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Democracy (Démocratie)
by Arthur Rimbaud (1872-75); translated by Helen Rootham (1938).

THE flag is in keeping with the unclean landscape, and our jargon drowns the sound of the drum.

At certain centres we will encourage the most cynical prostitution. We will crush logical rebellion.

'Let us go to dusty and exhausted countries—put ourselves at the service of monstrous industrial or military exploitations.

'To our next meeting—here—no matter where!'

Conscripts of good intentions we shall have a ferocious philosophy. Dunces shall be devotees of knowledge, sybarites enthusiasts for comfort; and for this busy world there shall be dissolution.

This is real progress! Forward! March!


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