Diaz the dictator: a story of international intrigue and politics by Charles Lincoln Phifer, PDF book (1910)
José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori was a Mexican general and politician who served seven terms as President of Mexico, a total of 31 years, from 17 February 1877 to 1 December 1880 and from 1 December 1884 to 25 May 1911. The entire period 1876–1911 is often referred to as the Porfiriato
I believe this story is true in the same sense that Shakespeare’s historical plays are true, that is, it is interpreting history rather than writing it. It is admitted that conversation is invented in order to bring out certain points, but Shakespeare invented conversation. It is admitted that events are sometimes put out of their real order of occurrence, and sometimes several occurrences are made to appear in one action, but Shakespeare did this when he thought it desirable in order to develop a climax or prevent there being too many scenes.
It is admitted that fictitious names are used, and sometimes the experiences of several are ascribed to one person, thus making a composite character, but Shakespeare introduced composite characters and even fictitious characters into his historical plays. Nevertheless, it is believed that this, like Shakespeare’s historical plays, is in a sense truer than history itself. It considers the racial and hereditary instincts, of the actors, which things hardly come within the purview of history. The object of this story is to help awaken a sentiment that will lead to the overthrow, not only of Diazism but also of all exploitation.
It is as wicked for capitalists and rulers to kill and rob others by the process of law as it is for the burglar and highwayman to kill and rob contrary to law. Yet this does not single out Diaz as the one criminal of his age. They who prepare for war in any country, they who maintain a system of exploitation, may well defend Diaz, for they are one with him. Yet, for the very reason that I recognize that many who champion the present system of exploitation and oppression are good at heart and do some meritorious things, I am free to accord to Diaz merit in some lines and many personal virtues coupled with his rotten public life. He is not wholly to blame even for his crimes, for the reason that they who crucified Christ were not wholly to blame. ”They know not what they do.”