Dreams of Freedom: A Ricardo Flores Mag n Reader

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AK Press, 2005 - History - 420 pages
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Along with Emiliano Zapata, Ricardo Flores Mag n (b. 1874) is regarded as one of the most important figures of the Mexican revolution. Through his newspaper Regeneraci n, he boldly criticized the injustices of the country's military dictatorship and worked to build the popular movement that eventually overthrew it. Exiled to the United States, Flores Mag n continued to agitate for revolution in Mexico. Transcending nationalism, he also dreamed of a world free from all forms of injustice. Both the US and Mexican governments responded with harsh repression. Leavenworth Penitentiary ultimately murdered him in 1922.

This volume collects the first English translations of Flores Mag n's most important writings. A lengthy historical overview, chronology, maps, images, and bibliography provide context for his work.

"Mitchell Verter and Chaz Bufe have given us a great gift with this fascinating volume on Ricardo Flores Mag n. He was a revolutionary from a very different time from our own, but today's activists will make an immediate and intense connection with his passion for social justice. This is a gift that will only grow as you pass it on to others!"--Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch

"The life, words, and ideas of Ricardo Flores Mag n are as important today as they were around 100 years ago. Bravo for this wonderful book that won't let us forget those days and those heroes. Today, as always, remembering is revolutionary"--Luis Rodriguez, author of Always Running and My Name is Hunger

 

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Contents

LETTERS
13
PHILOSOPHICAL
39
RACISM
47
DOCUMENTS OF THE
119
THE REVOLUTION
149
EXPROPRIATION
175
THE CHAINS OFTHE FREE
182
LIBERTY EQUALITY FRATERNITY
190
ANARCHISM AND POLITICS
247
PEDROS DREAM
308
THE BEGGARAND THE THIEF
314
THE TWO TRAVELERS
321
JUSTICE
328
CHRONOLOGY
338
BIBLIOGRAPHY
372
BIBLIOGRAPHY
374

POLITICAL REPRESSION
213
MARGARITA ORTEGA
228
THE FIGURE OF THE REVOLUTIONARY
239

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Ricardo Flores Mag n was born in 1874 in a small Mexican village. Through his newspaper Regeneration, he boldly criticized the injustices of the country's dictatorship. Exiled to the United States, Flores Mag n continued to be the most radical agitator for the Mexican Revolution and for universal liberation. Both countries responded with harsh repression. Leavenworth Penitentiary finally murdered him in 1922. Chaz Bufe has written for publication for the alternative press for a third of a century, beginning with a gig as a staff writer for "New Times Weekly" (Phoenix) in 1971. His writings have appeared in many publications. He has authored, co-authored, compiled/edited, and/or translated seven other books. Born in San German, Puerto Rico, Mitchell Cowen Verter publishes as El Libro Libre and is the translator of the bilingual edition of Ricardo Flores Mag n's play Tierra y Libertad.

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