David Kohlmeier commented on LAMA Chair Marc Mercier on National Gun Violence 2019-08-26 17:26:39 -0400Thanks!
I’d like to add that, in the case of the El Paso shooting, that turning this into a gun debate also risks distracting us from the very serious and increasingly dangerous rise of white nationalism and white supremacy in our country.
David Kohlmeier donated 2019-08-19 23:40:36 -0400
Libertarian and Socialist? That's me!
I've politically been a Democrat, a Republican, a Green, but didn't feel really at home anywhere. That's probably because I'm a Libertarian Socialist.
I know, I know.. that sounds like an oxymoron, but trust me: Libertarian Socialism has been around a long time.
Libertarian Socialists, while we are in fact leftists, don't want any state or hierarchy controlling people's lives. We want socialism to be voluntary, by consent, not by force or violence or theft. We don't want the government running the coal mines (for example), but we don't want a coal baron getting rich off of coal miner deaths, either. We want coal miners owning the coal mine. That's the real meaning of "socialism," and that is totally all about liberty.
In Massachusetts, there is so much to be proud of; as a gay man from Appalachia I feel safe raising my kids here. But we need some checks-and-balances on the Democratic Party here thinking the solution to everything is more taxes and more government oversight. Gun laws are a great example!
I truly believe the LAMA can be the check on the liberal political monopoly in this commonwealth, while not sacrificing any of the good that has been done. I want to be part of that.
I am an active member of the Libertarian Socialist Caucus of the Libertarian Party, as well as the Libertarian Socialist Caucus of the DSA (the Democratic Socialists of America). Libertarianism is truly bigger than left vs. right, if we want it to be.