Ricardo Flores Magón

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“Nevertheless, at all times the progress of humanity is indebted to the dreamers and the Utopians.  This thing called civilization, what is it if not the result of Utopian efforts?  The visionaries, the poets the dreamers, the utopians, so disdained by ‘serious’ people so persecuted by the ‘paternalism’ of governments:  lynched here, shot down there, burnt to death, tortured, imprisoned, torn to pieces, in all epics and all countries nevertheless have been the engines of all movements forward, the prophets who have pointed the blind masses towards luminous paths leading to glorious summits.”


Dreams of freedom: a Ricardo Flores Magón reader. By Ricardo Flores Magón, Charles BufeRicardo Flores Magon

The immigrants arriving in the city to find jobs often brought the revolutionary zeal and idealism of their homelands. These often included anarchists such as Russian Emma Goldman and Ricardo Flores Magón and his brother Enrique of the Partido Liberal Mexicano. …[7]  (Wikipedia…..History of Los Angeles#cite_plaza-6

“Ricardo Flores Magón’s involvement in some of the most fundamental libertarian questions facing the American republic, coupled with the recognition positive as well as negative, of the United States government and of his colleagues, entitles him to an acknowledge place in American history.  Moreover, in the context of current Chicano activism, he is historically important.  From Los Angeles, he conducted a struggle aimed at universal objectives in the grand tradition of anarchism, yet at the same time, he observed the plight of Mexicans in the United States, recognizing them as a natural constituency.  Eloquently, in an article titled “In Defense of Mexicans,” he wrote:

‘Mexicans have been abandoned to the forces of luck in this country-akin to the way they are treated in Mexico…excluded from hotels and restaurants…found guilty and sentenced in the twinkling of an eye, the penitentiaries are full of Mexicans who are absolutely innocent.  In Texas, Louisiana and in other states they live without hope.’

Because of Flores Magón’s concern , and his willingness to speak out against social injustice, he ranks as an important precursor of an articulated political consciousness among Mexican Americans.  At the same time he continues to symbolize a principled attachment to the political ideal of social justice in a contemporary Mexico where the implied promise of the Mexican revolution of 1910 has only partially been realized.  In a dramatic fashion Ricardo Flores Magon represents the historical fusion that increasingly ties the history of Mexico and the United States together.”….Anarchism and the Mexican Revolution, The Political Trials of Ricardo Flores Magón in the United States, pgs. 9,10

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