Socialist Night School Celebrates Ricardo Flores Mag贸n

June 22, 2020

We are continuing our ongoing virtual night school during social distancing with a special short lecture and discussion this week on Ricardo Flores Mag贸n, a Mexican Revolutionary in St. Louis.

"Forward, comrades! Soon you will hear the first shots; soon the shout of rebellion will thunder from the throats of the oppressed ...Land and Liberty!"

These were the words of Mexican revolutionary Ricardo Flores Mag贸n printed in Regeneraci贸n, the bilingual anarchist newspaper published by the Mag贸n brothers and their compa帽eros (commonly known as magonistas), on November 19th,1910, just one day before the Mexican Revolution began to radically transform world history. Mag贸n, one of the political precursors to the Mexican Revolution, made this declaration not in Mexico, but in the U.S., where he had been living with other magonistas, in exile due to their radical activities. They originally fled to the Southwest U.S. and in 1904 propelled the group further away from the border, to St. Louis, Missouri.

While in St. Louis, the Mag贸n brothers founded the Partido Liberal Mexicano (PLM, Mexican Liberal Party), which despite its name was a radical political organization rather than a party. Mag贸n and his compa帽eros continued their agitation against the Mexican dictator Porfirio D铆az and projected their anarchist vision of a world without bosses or borders.

Their organizing and bonds created during their time in St. Louis would lay the foundation for long-term relationships among the radical left in both Mexico and the United States.

Join us tomorrow, June 23rd, for Socialist Night School Week 5! RSVP and access the reading here!

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