TaraElla (also spelt 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.

Contents

1 Political Beliefs
2 Projects
3 Books
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. …


Today, I want to talk about why echo chambers, and particularly echo chambers steeped in postmodern critical theory thinking, are dangerous to the health of Western democratic systems. I will be explaining this in terms of what we know from cognitive science, the importance of the free flow of ideas in Western democratic systems, and how these two concepts interact with each other.

Let’s start with this: the fundamental characteristic of Western democratic systems is that the voters elect the people who govern them, by approximately one person, one vote. As the saying goes, we get the government we…


Today, I want to talk about a rather controversial topic: the so-called anti-SJW movement that existed between approximately 2012 to 2018. The anti-SJW movement has been credited, or blamed, depending on your angle, for some of the important political events during that time, most notably the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump. According to some analyses, it could also have slowed down or confused certain social justice movements. Therefore, it was indeed an important part of recent Western politics. …


Today, I want to talk about a question I have seen some people asking: is there a relationship between critical race theory, and the idea of ‘postmodern neo-Marxism’ that was at the center of a big controversy a few years ago. Basically, the two things are highly related. They are all part of what I think should be classified under ‘postmodern neo-criticalism’, or just ‘criticalism’ for short. Let me explain.

First popularized by Jordan Peterson a few years ago, the term ‘postmodern neo-Marxism’ was used to denote a new ideology arising in the Western political landscape in the early…


Today, I want to explore my idea that liberalism is the ‘most moral ideology’ in the context of Western democracy, the basis upon which I argue strongly for the continued application of liberal values in Western democracies, and the rejection of ideas which are incompatible with such liberal values, like critical theory and postmodernism.

In our moral system, the post-Enlightenment Western moral system, it is generally held that people should be entirely responsible for their own actions. Indeed, I would argue that, if this principle does not hold, our whole moral system would collapse. Hence, to be moral, in…


A New Moral Politics for the 21st Century West

Compared to all other available options (e.g. postmodernism, criticalism, identity politics, neoconservatism etc.), liberalism is still the most morally sound path for Western democratic societies going forward, and most likely to get us to the best resolution for the controversial social issues we face. These books will make the case for this argument.

As a citizen of a Western democratic country, given the crossroads we find ourselves facing at the moment (e.g. …


In recent years, it has become unfashionable to identify as a liberal in many parts of the West, especially in intellectual circles. As I have previously said, the Right started this trend by making ‘liberal’ a dirty word in the 1980s, but in recent years, the Left appears to be outdoing them, attacking anyone who is disappointing to them as a ‘lib’. In a sense, the Left and the Right have become allies on this issue, burying liberalism together, even as they can’t agree on almost anything else.

I believe the problem with this decline in liberalism is that…


Today, I want to talk about why I don’t identify as a ‘socialist’ or a ‘conservative’. I will talk about what differences I have with those movements.

Firstly, words are, by definition, a social construct, and their meaning can vary in time and place. Therefore, I think it’s only useful to use words, with their definition relevant to the particular context. And given that my context is the early 21st century English-speaking Western world, the reason why I do or do not identify with a certain word has to be based on what that word is associated with in…


Today, I want to talk about the conflict problem critical theory is creating, and the natural antidote to that problem. As you would probably have heard of by now, various social justice movements that draw heavily on various critical theories, including most famously critical race theory and gender critical theory, have caused a heightened sense of conflict across Western society in recent years, leading to an increase in zero-sum us vs them thinking. Many of us believe this is a negative development, and are trying to counter it. …


Today, I want to talk about the 2003 Iraq War. The Iraq War was important to me, because it was like the start of my political consciousness. I was 16 and in college, and it was the first big political event to have truly influenced me. Back then, I believed the war was unjust, and the elites were both manufacturing consent for, and otherwise pressuring the people to, support an unjust war. From that, I saw that the so-called liberal democratic system that we were living in was neither liberal nor democratic, in the true sense of these words…

TaraElla

Author and singer-songwriter. Doing sociology and philosophy by looking at Western politics and culture. Moral Libertarian. https://www.taraella.com

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