DREAMS OF FREEDOM A RICARDO FLORES MAGON READER PDF

Richard Alexander AK Press have to be congratulated on bringing to a wider public the writings of Ricardo Flores Magon in this well-produced volume. This is a substantial piece of work in its own right, some 80 pages, with relevant notes and maps. Every change in government had occurred with much bloodshed, nearly all of it by the working classes, who, unsurprisingly, had rarely seen any direct benefit. The Magon brothers, had originally been partisans of a more reformist program but their experiences had led them to the understanding that only a thoroughgoing revolution, in which the working classes expropriated the owning classes, taking direct control of the means of production and distribution, could satisfy the basic means of Mexicans for food, liberty, peace and land. Their initial vehicle for this assault on the ruling classes was the PLM Partido Liberal Mexicano , which was instituted to co-ordinate their activities. Sadly by the time the PLM had issued this Manifesto they had been defeated militarily by the forces of Madero, but the cause was taken up by the Zapatistas, though by the PLM leadership were unable to join forces with Zapata as they were under legal threat in the USA, where they had been based.

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Richard Alexander AK Press have to be congratulated on bringing to a wider public the writings of Ricardo Flores Magon in this well-produced volume. This is a substantial piece of work in its own right, some 80 pages, with relevant notes and maps. Every change in government had occurred with much bloodshed, nearly all of it by the working classes, who, unsurprisingly, had rarely seen any direct benefit.

The Magon brothers, had originally been partisans of a more reformist program but their experiences had led them to the understanding that only a thoroughgoing revolution, in which the working classes expropriated the owning classes, taking direct control of the means of production and distribution, could satisfy the basic means of Mexicans for food, liberty, peace and land.

Their initial vehicle for this assault on the ruling classes was the PLM Partido Liberal Mexicano , which was instituted to co-ordinate their activities. Sadly by the time the PLM had issued this Manifesto they had been defeated militarily by the forces of Madero, but the cause was taken up by the Zapatistas, though by the PLM leadership were unable to join forces with Zapata as they were under legal threat in the USA, where they had been based.

The honeymoon period did not last long and in he signed a law threatening striking workers with the death penalty. Not that Ricardo escaped the clutches of the US state for long. This announced that bourgeois society was in its death-throws, that the war signalled the demise of existing society, and that working people everywhere should rise up, end the war and overthrow their own governments and take possession of the means of production and run things for themselves.

During the next 4 years Ricardo Flores Magon kept up the struggle from his prison cell, engaging in a wide correspondence with comrades around the world. It should be emphasised that Magon was not writing for an 21st century educated English speaking audience, the texts were aimed squarely at the working people of Mexico and Mexicans in the USA , and so the style can be a bit off-putting at times. Equally he can be very hard-hearted at times, one of the pieces on the First world war saying that the proletariat should not weep over the death of so many proletarians in the war, as it removes from the working class those who are willing to fight for their bosses.

One of the lacunae in the selections is the apparent invisibility of Emiliano Zapata. As far as Magon was concerned and events largely proved him correct any compromise or deal with the reformists inevitably ended with the working classes losing out, for the simple reason that the reformists made promises to get power, once they and the power they used it to reinforce the position of the ruling class.

No government would ever give the land to the peasants or the mines and factories to the workers, these would of necessity have to be wrested from the existing owners, by force of arms. The ruling class employed force to maintain the position and the property — only force could make them relinquish it.

Alongside the capital and the state Magon was an implacable opponent of the clergy. Although it is true that by the mid-nineteenth century, some of the power of the catholic Church had been taken away from it, the Christian emphasis when it suited the powers-that-be on humility and turning the other cheek was held in utter contempt by Magon, who perhaps influenced by Nietzsche?

Something you might like to recall the next time US conservatives are complaining about the Hispanicisation of the USA. The book is completed by a comprehensive chronology and a detailed bibliography of sources in both English and Spanish.

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He was most influenced by Peter Kropotkin. He also read from the works of Karl Marx and Henrik Ibsen. During this time, he participated in student opposition to President Porfirio Diaz and he was jailed for five months. Nevertheless, he graduated and then transferred to the National School of Law. He joined the PLM in

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