Today in history: The death of Ricardo Flores Magón

“To want bosses and at the same time to want to be free is to want the impossible. It is necessary to choose once and for all between two things: either to be free, completely free, refusing all authority, or to be enslaved perpetuating the power of man over man.”

— Ricardo Flores Magón (‘Without Bosses’, 1914)

On this day in 1922, the Mexican anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón died in Leavenworth Penitentiary, Kansas, while serving a 20 year prison sentence for publishing an anti-war editorial in his newspaper Regeneración. He was one of over 1000 people in the U.S. who were imprisoned under the Espionage Act, for the crime of opposing World War I.

Ricardo Flores Magon -- los rebeldes