Remembering Ricardo Flores Magon

Date Posted: 20, 11, 2008
Keywords: Ricardo Flores Magon CIPO-VAN
Languages: English
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Remembering Ricardo flores Magon

November 21, 1022 marks the day when one of Mexico's most influential and committedanarchists died. Ricardo Flores Magon has inspired people throughout the world, and has certainly inspired us. So, tonight we go out to the streets and do a little public education by spreading his word.

A little gesture to show that his spirit is still alive.

 === Bio adapted from Wikipedia =) ===

Ricardo Flores Magón was born on September 16, 1874 in San Antonio Eloxochitlán, Oaxaca. He died on November 21, 1922 at Leavenworth Penitentiary in Kansas, USA. He was a noted Mexican revolutionary who explored the writings and ideas of early anarchists Mikhail Bakunin and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, and was influenced by contemporaries Errico Malatesta and Anselmo Lorenzo, among others.

Most influential to him was Peter Kropotkin.

Ricardo was one of the major thinkers of the Mexican Revolution and the Mexican revolutionary movement by co-founding the Partido Liberal Mexicano, organizing with the Industrial Workers of the World and publishing Regeneración, which aroused the workers against the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz.

Inspired by his indigenous past and Kropotkin’s The Conquest of Bread, he helped build the revolutionary communes of Baja California during the “Magonista” Revolt of 1911. From 1904, Magón remained in the USA; half this period he was in prison. His was arrested in 1918 by the Wilson administration during the Palmer Raids, a wholesale crackdown on war dissidents and leftists that also swept up notable socialists such as Eugene V. Debs. Ricardo died in prison as a result of deteriorating health exacerbated by medical neglect by penitentiary officials and staff.

In 1945 his remains were repatriated to Mexico and were interred in the Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres in Mexico City.

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