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. …


Justice and liberty aren’t mutually exclusive. Indeed, free speech is required to lead us to the truth, where justice can be found.

Welcome to the first ever episode of TaraElla In-Depth. In this series, I want to do something a bit different. I want to talk about the really controversial stuff that comes with being a liberal these days, that deserves in-depth exploration.

I’m going to be blunt about why we need to do this. Firstly, many of the social justice causes that were long associated with liberalism have now been hijacked by criticalists, you know, the people practicing…


Today, I want to talk about a disturbing development I am seeing recently: an attempt to paint the cancel culture problem as a Republican talking point, something Republicans and conservatives use to wedge Democrats on. I’ve seen this particular idea being promoted in way too many articles just in the past few weeks. …


Today, I want to talk about the reaction around a recent Politico article, that described in detail Andrew Yang’s appearances on right-leaning podcasts and shows like The Rubin Report and The Ben Shapiro Show back in 2019, during his run for the Presidential primary, as well as some of his supposedly controversial comments. Now, some people on the pro-establishment parts of the so-called Left are using that as evidence that Yang is somehow ‘not progressive’, by which they probably mean ‘right wing’. …


Today, I want to talk about the recent drama over the supposed canceling of Dr. Seuss, and why my reaction, at least my first reaction, was a mixture of worry, concern, and maybe a bit of anger. I mean, the picture they are painting out there is that reactionary conservatives are the ones who are concerned, and liberals who oppose racism are supposed to be happy about this. But somehow, this liberal was anything but happy about the news.

Over the next few days I gradually unpacked my feelings, as I listened to arguments from both sides. Although now…


Jordan Peterson is back, and he is busy promoting his new book Beyond Order. The book contains 12 more rules for life, and literally complements the previous book, with its cover being black, as opposed to the white cover of the original 12 Rules For Life. Now, Peterson has always been a controversial figure. Among the people I know, some absolutely love him, and some have a much less charitable view of him. …


Today, I want to talk about the controversial author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who has published a book about what he calls ‘identity socialism’, and has been going to media outlets like Prager U to promote his views on this matter.

People who have read my book The Moral Libertarian Horizon Volume 1, or alternatively my early Moral Libertarian articles from around March 2018, may have come across me describing something called ‘identity socialism’. At that time, I believed I was coining a new term, even though I’m not sure if it was already used by other people before.


John Stuart Mill (1806–73) is one of the most important liberal thinkers of all time. His vision of liberalism is strongly linked to utilitarianism. His most famous work is On Liberty. In On Liberty, Mill described how freedom was now endangered by the newly empowered majority, even as absolute monarchy had faded away. Mill was concerned about both legal encroachment on freedom, which could occur via tyranny of majority rule, as well as what he called “the moral coercion of public opinion”.

Mill’s liberalism was based on a utilitarian philosophy. Indeed, he stated that he was willing to “forego…


This version of TECS continues to feature a UI based on the idea of multiple spaces dedicated to specific types of activity. The spaces each have panels with information and/or links relevant to that type of activity, and they each have a unique wallpaper that is changeable. The spaces can be reached via buttons on the taskbar (color-coded and represented by letters in this version: H for Home, S for Studio, E for Entertainment, N for Newsroom, O for Office, T for Travel). Custom spaces can also be added (there is a taskbar button for that), or could be added…


There has been much discussion recently as to whether ‘the left’ or ‘leftists’ are responsible for cancel culture. I do acknowledge that the origins of Cancel Culture are complicated and multifactorial. I also acknowledge that many leftist schools of thought support free speech and certainly don’t condone Cancel Culture. However, leftism is a broad umbrella encompassing many very different worldviews, and the theoretical justification and inspiration behind much of today’s Cancel Culture is indeed rooted in one particular branch of leftism, what I call ‘criticalism’.

To understand what criticalism is, I think we should revisit what Jordan Peterson described…

TaraElla

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

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