...is scheduled as guest speaker for the 233rd meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene on September 16, 2013.
Ray Acosta on “Ricardo Flores Magon: From Classical Liberal to Anarchist."
Ray Acosta, an expert on the Mexican Revolution, will discuss the life and trials of Mexican patriot Ricardo Flores Magon, who remains relevant and influential some 90 years after his death.
During his life, Magon's small but ardent group of followers influenced Mexico's revolution, even if their agenda ulitmately failed to prevail.
Of local interest, Magon spent much of his life exiled to the United States, including a few years in Los Angeles.
Acosta will analyze how events shaped Magon's philosophical evolution from classical liberal to anarchist. Like other revolutionaries throughout history, Magon came from the middle class and became disillusioned with the prevailing order. In his case, this meant the detested Hacienda system of large landholdings, ruled by a small, monied ruling class.
Magon's impact still resonates in our local and national sphere.
About Ray Acosta:
Ray Acosta has addressed the KHC several time on the Mexican Revolution and its relevance to U.S. history and current events, especially as it relates to libertarians. His Revolutionary Days: A Chronology of the Mexican Revolution is intended as a college textbook, yet is accessible to the general reader.
Acosta has served in several Libertarian Party offices, including Chair of LPC Region 65, LPC s Secretary, and as scheduler for Art Olivier's 2000 LP vice presidential campaign. He credits his introduction to libertarianism to Karl Hess's article, "The Death of Politics."
He is a native Californian of Mexican heritage. All four of his grandparents were forced to leave Mexico during the Revolution.
He graduated from Cerritos Junior College, and received his bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the California State College in Los Angeles in 1970. He is now retired from a 30-year career in telecommunications engineering, planning, and finance for Pacific Bell and GTE.
Revolutionary Days: A Chronology of the Mexican Revolution is his first book.
ADDENDUM: Here is a YouTube recording of the above talk.