"Actually, everything is quite clear if one thinks it over and reaches the conclusion that indirect
democracy is a hoax. Ostensibly, the elected Assembly is the one which reflects public opinion
most faithfully. But there is only one sort of public opinion, and it is serial.
"The imbecility of the
mass media, the government pronouncements, the biased or incomplete reporting in the
newspapers -- all this comes to seek us out in our serial solitude and load us down with wooden
ideas, formed out of what we think others will think. Deep within us there are undoubtedly
demands and protests, but because they are not echoed by others, they wither away and leave us
with a 'bruised spirit' and a feeling of frustration. So when we are called to vote, I, the Other,
have my head stuffed with petrified ideas which the press or television has piled up there. They
are serial ideas which are expressed through my vote, but they are not my ideas.
institutions of bourgeois democracy have split me apart: there is me and there are all the Others
they tell me I am (a Frenchman, a soldier, a worker, a taxpayer, a citizen, and so on). This
splitting-up forces us to live with what psychiatrists call a perpetual identity crisis. Who am I, in
the end? An Other identical with all the others, inhabited by these impotent thoughts which come
into being everywhere and are not actually thought anywhere? Or am I myself? And who
is voting? I do not recognize myself any more."