Dreams of Freedom
A Ricardo Flores Magón Reader
Edited by Chaz Bufe and Mitchell Cowen Verter
The most comprehensive anthology of the Mexican revolutionary’s writings available in English. Translated, compiled, and annotated by Mitchell Verter and Chaz Bufe. Also includes a lengthy biographical preface by Verter.
The words of this Mexican-American working class hero brought to English language readers for the first time.
“From the darker nations comes the vibrant and still fresh voice of the tremendous anarcho-communist Flores Ricardo Magon. In Mexico they have streets named after him. Elsewhere he is little known. Hopefully those who are illiterate in Spanish will now take this great radical into our hearts through this very powerful collection. Land and Liberty!” —Vijay Prashad
Along with Emiliano Zapata, Ricardo Flores Magón (b. 1874) is regarded as one of the most important figures of the Mexican Revolution. Through his newspaper Regeneración, 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 Magón 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 Magón’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 Magón. 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 Magón 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