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TaraElla is a singer-songwriter and an author. She identifies as a classical liberal. She is also a keen supporter of marriage equality, a version of family values that is LGBT-inclusive (she calls this ‘adaptive family values’), and marriage privatization.

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1 Political Beliefs
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4 Music
5 Freelance and Other Writing

Political Beliefs

TaraElla identifies as a classical liberal. More specifically, she has written extensively about a branch of liberalism called Moral Libertarianism, where the core principle is that each individual is to have an equal amount of moral agency. …


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The mainstream media appears to have underestimated Donald Trump again. While Joe Biden has won the 2020 US Presidential race, Trump came closer than many expected. This problem isn’t limited to Trump, however. During the Democratic primaries, the media often understated the appeal of Biden, and overstated the support for candidates like Elizabeth Warren, who came a distant third.

To be fair, independent media didn’t do much better either. They too generally underestimated Trump in the general, and vastly overstated the support for Bernie Sanders (and to some extent Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg) in the primary.

I guess this is a timely reminder that the views reported in mainstream media may be biased by echo chamber effects, and not always reflective of reality on the ground. There’s also the problem of certain influential actors pushing their agendas and skewing the debate, and a conformist culture stifling real free speech and real free debate. …


Democrats have an advantage now. Change requires consensus. People want a uniter. And Marxism is still unpopular.

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Much has been said about Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 US Presidential elections. There has been endless analysis about Trump’s enduring popularity, the apparent poll failure, similarity and differences with 2016, and so on. However, I think these are the biggest lessons we can draw from the results:

Democrats have an advantage now

If you look at the states that have been called for Biden, up to the point where he was declared the winner, you would notice that all of them are considered blue-leaning states. Biden didn’t even win (or need to win) the classical swing states, Florida and Ohio. While it looks like Biden may win Arizona and Georgia (as of this writing, these two states are too close to call), the important point is that he doesn’t even need them. …


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Welcome back to TaraElla TV. The news is in: Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the 2020 US Presidential election by basically all the major media outlets. Congratulations are streaming in from around the world, from leaders in Canada, Britain, Australia, India, and more. In other words, Biden did it! Biden won, like I told you he would!

You see, I sort of see this as a personal vindication. The story goes back to 2017. Back then, Trump’s victory had created a crisis of worldview among many people. Seriously, that’s where it got to for many people, I’m not even exaggerating. I mean, I never liked Trump, but some people’s response was way over the top. Anyway, Hillary loss somehow led some people to be convinced that the Western world we knew was coming to an end, and that some kind of extreme response was needed. I remember telling people back then that Biden would represent the Democrats in 2020, and he had a very decent chance at winning. After all, Hillary ran an embarrassing campaign, she ran on identity politics that turned off many everyday working people, and these were weaknesses that Biden wouldn’t have. Anyway, my friends, as well as people out there on the internet, wouldn’t believe me. …


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In recent years, there has been a growing crisis within liberalism. It is losing its identity, its ideals, and perhaps its very reason for existence. We can see this from several different angles. Firstly, we are seeing liberalism lose popular support. While American opinion polls still generally stick to classifying people as liberal, moderate or conservative, enthusiastic self-identification as liberal has been dropping for some time, and this drop seems to be accelerating. The popular move away from liberalism probably started in the 1980s, when many American conservative politicians painted their liberal counterparts as big-spending and inefficient, and also lacking a respect for the constitution. However, the most recent attacks on liberalism tend to come from those further left, who hold their chosen identity as ‘socialists’ in very high regard while treating liberalism with perhaps even more contempt than your average Republican. Interestingly, this change has seen conservatives adjust accordingly, pulling back significantly from their attacks on ‘liberalism’ while aiming squarely at ‘socialism’ instead. …


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As the 2nd decade of the 21st century progressed, something unsettling was developing. Culture and politics in the Western world was becoming increasingly polarized. I mean, people have always been passionate about the causes they support, and that’s not a bad thing. Debates inevitably become heated sometimes. But what’s new is that there was a qualitative change in the way social debates proceeded. People became strongly polarized on two extremes on many hot button issues, and they increasingly believed they could and should do everything to win. No compromises, no principles, no civility. …


Update 5 Nov: It looks like my prediction of a close election was largely accurate, and more accurate than most media outlets and polls.

My final gut instinct prediction for the 2020 US Presidential election is: too close to call. I give Biden a 55% chance of victory and Trump a 45% chance. This is largely based on apparent late gains by Trump making many swing states too close to call. I give Biden a slightly better chance based on his small polling lead in Pennsylvania.

Also, I understand that my preference for Biden over Trump could be biasing the estimate. I have a general tendency of being pessimistic about the side I support when I think that the contest is close (but not when I don’t expect it to be close, e.g. …


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Today, I want to begin my post-IDW phase by trying to think about a controversial issue from a truly above left vs right, a truly fair and pro-liberty perspective. I’m going to try to do what the IDW couldn’t. I thought, where else to start this exercise, but with the current controversy, the very controversy that has tainted the IDW in my view. Of course, as of right now, things have already dramatically changed since a few days ago. Mitch McConnell has now secured the numbers to push through the new Trump nominee, and most people now expect it to be done rather soon. Therefore, discussion has moved on to what might happen next. There’s a lot of talk about whether the Democrats may pack the court with new justices, should they be in a position to do so next year. In response, there’s been dire predictions about the end of respect for the Supreme Court or even American democracy itself from opponents of court packing. Now, let me offer some independent thinking, a possible balanced solution to this mess. …


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Today, as we are speaking, I’m sorely disappointed, like I haven’t been in a long time. As I told you a few days ago, I believe the Intellectual Dark Web, the IDW, could prove its integrity or lack thereof during the current Supreme Court battle to replace RBG. It would be a test that would make or break the IDW’s reputation for good. And in just the 48 hours after I said those words, the IDW appears to have failed, spectacularly. They came out and ruined their reputation for good, before the battle even began, before Trump even made his nomination. …


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Today, as we are speaking, the Intellectual Dark Web, the IDW, is facing what I believe to be the biggest existential challenge in the history of its existence. If they pass this test, then their creidibility is assured, and their critics are left without much to stand on. But if they fail the test, it will prove that most of what their critics have said was correct all along, that there was never much principle in the IDW to begin with, let alone intellectualism. I truly believe this test will make or break the IDW for good.

I’m of course talking about the looming US Supreme Court battle, arising from the death of RBG. Given that the IDW is not made up of US Senators, why would it be relevant for them? Well, Western politics, particularly American politics, has always been relevant for the IDW. But more specifically, many IDW figures did weigh into the discussion over the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh back in 2018, with Jordan Peterson’s controversial comments being perhaps the most memorable. So they have indeed established a precedent that discussions of this nature are part of their scope. Furthermore, some IDW figures have expressed their reluctant support for President Trump, while promising to hold him accountable. And now is the moment Trump and his allies must be held accountable. …

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TaraElla

TaraElla is a singer-songwriter and author, passionate about free speech, liberty and equality. https://www.taraella.com

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