Magonismo is obviously undergoing a literary resurgence in Mexico and the United States. This volume, a collection of essays which originally appeared in Regeneración, the Mexican Liberal Party newspaper, between 1910 and 1916 (and subsequently published in book form as Sembrando ideas  and Rayos de luz ), complements other available collections edited by Isidro Fabela, Armando Bartra, Manuel González Ramírez, and Juan Gómez-Quiñones. Like the original 1920s publication, this edition contains three additional essays by Librado Rivera, William C. Owen (editor of the English page of Regeneración) and Socialist party leader Eugene V. Debs, all authored after and about the controversial death of Ricardo Flores Magón. Ediciones Antorcha has also recently released Epistolario revolucionario e íntimo, a collection of Flores Magón’s Leavenworth correspondence between 1919-1922.
This book takes its title from the March 30, 1912, article, in which the magonistas openly espoused their anarchism, arguing that governmental authority was at the service of capital, even though being paid by the poor. Some essays, like “El águila y la serpiente” (March 18, 1911) provide excellent examples of Flores Magón’s argument with Francisco Madero, while others, such as the final essay “Los inquietos” (July 8, 1916), salutes the “troublemakers” of history from Jesus through Bakunin, to PLM leader Práxedis Guerrero. All give the reader a dimension of magonista ideology.
It may be a matter of simple taste as to whether or not the editors should have modified the original texts. However, without a chronology and introduction, this book is not as helpful for students as are other collections. It also does not include, as the original did not, the important “Manifiesto del 23 de Septiembre de 1911,” an anarcho-communist statement easily as historically significant as the much better known Liberal Program of July 1906. Finally, several documents included here are available in other works. For example, five of the fourteen selections for 1915 appear in Bartra’s Regeneración. All and all, this volume will be more helpful to the general public of Mexico than to scholars.