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Deconstructing ScoMo: The Book Review

By Paul Collits. THE main problem with reviewing a book about Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is that you have to read a book about Scott Morrison. But read it, one must.  Why should one read it?  Well, I can… Continue Reading →

Australia Breaks Apart: Human Resources, Big Companies and the Outsourcing of the Covid State

By Paul Collits. Featuring the Paintings of Sir Arthur Streeton. The recent, unnerving revelations about unvaccinated Environment Protection Authoritystaff being forced out of their jobs were jolting for New South Welshmen; huddled inside as so many of them are, with… Continue Reading →

Scotty From Astra Zeneca

By Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project. Slowly during 2021 the truth on vaccine mandates emerged from the Prime Minister.  Even slitherers and prevaricators eventually give the game away, even if by accident.  And as slitherers and prevaricators go, Morrison is… Continue Reading →

Prison Island: I Wish to be Deported from Australia

By Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project. Amid all the keystrokes spent upon Novak Djokovic’s appalling deportation from the penal colony that is contemporary Australia, the following words rang most true, and, at the same time, provided an idea. This is… Continue Reading →

The Zoran Strain: The Best of 2021.

Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project Australian politicians and our media are, relentlessly and without shame, creating Covid hate figures out of innocent people whose crime is simply getting on with their lives.  They are doing this to deflect and to… Continue Reading →

Losing Our Religion. The Best of 2021.

By Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project. Photography by David Stephenson. Will Covid kill the Church?  It is a question that demands our attention. Recently, following the incumbent Pope’s latest attack upon traditionally minded Catholics – in his motu proprio, ironically… Continue Reading →

The Great Covid Panic: A Book Review. A Meditation on this Imperilled Time. The Best of 2021.

By Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project. Illustrations by Eugene Delacroix. Many have lamented the apparent absence of interest from academic economists in the fate of our economies in the age of Covid totalitarianism.  A particular gap has been identified in… Continue Reading →

Australia Breaks Apart: Bound in South Australia

By Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project. Featured Artist Alexander Schramm. The once fine colony of South Australia was first established through a British Act of Parliament in 1834. It was once able to market itself as the free state; as… Continue Reading →

Je Suis August Landmesser: The Best of 2021.

By Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project. Artwork Trees at Night by Arthur Henry “Art” Young. Since the beginning of the Covid era, Paul Collits has stood out as one of the boldest and most cogent of commentators on the moral… Continue Reading →

Monkey Wrench in the Wheel: Strategies for the Covid Resistance

By Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project American author and political satirist C J Hopkins writes: “Seriously, the point of this entire exercise (or at least this phase of this entire exercise) is to radically, irrevocably, transform society into a monolithic… Continue Reading →

Australia Breaks Apart: The Deep and Sinister Covid North

Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project While it is difficult to know exactly what is going on in the Northern Territory, there is enough news emerging about which to be very worried.  With yet another mini-me dictator at the helm intent… Continue Reading →

Australia Breaks Apart: Inept One Day, Deranged the Next

By Paul Collits. AFTER the sad demise of the previous NSW premier, I thought, well, one eastern State’s unspellable spinster-premier is gone, one to go.  The then State of Origin contest over who could be the more ghastly premier came… Continue Reading →

Coming Apart: The Centre Cannot Hold

By Paul Collits Turning and turning in the widening gyre   The falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   The ceremony of innocence is drowned;The best lack… Continue Reading →

The Vaccine Industrial Complex

By Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project. I used to think that the Murdoch press supported the vaccines rollout because it wanted to support the Morrison Government.  Now I am convinced that I got that one-hundred-and-eighty-degrees wrong.  My new working hypothesis… Continue Reading →

New South Wales: A Roadmap With No Compass

By Paul Collits. Illustrated by Michael Fitzjames. The NSW Government has released its “roadmap” out of the Covid “crisis”.  A crisis it and other Australian governments have created.  A crisis in no one else’s eyes.  Oh, yes, we-the-hypnotised have bought… Continue Reading →

The Establishment Crisis

By Paul Collits. The Freedoms Project. Writer, columnist and researcher Paul Collits has been one of Australia’s leading writers since the beginning of this entire benighted era. A Sense of Place Magazine has been proud to publish him. As millions… Continue Reading →

The Curious Case of the Pro-Vaxxer Who Never Stopped Barking, Night and Day

By Paul Collits. Is it a peculiarly modern phenomenon to wish endlessly to label your opponents stupid or evil?  Or, was it ever thus?  A persistent human trait to indulge in ad hominem arguments.  I always believe that when you… Continue Reading →

The Tragedy of Australia

By Paul Collits: UK Conservative Woman THE British historian Guy de la Bédoyère claims that ‘Australia is falling apart’. Off Guardian suggests that we are ‘going full fascist’. Daily reports in France, Russia and everywhere in between and beyond, hover between pity, amusement and disbelief. How… Continue Reading →

Gladys Berejiklian: NSW Premier of the Lockdown State Political Wolf in Liberal Clothing

By Paul Collits SOME years ago, I essayed that Malcolm Turnbull was, for the Liberal Party, the Manchurian Candidate par excellence.  Readers may recall the 1962 film classic in which a prisoner of war was brainwashed by communists into becoming… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Covid Media Wars Add Irony to Injury

By Paul Collits THERE are two supreme ironies in play this week in the Covid Commonwealth of Australia, where we have most of the population housebound, lockdown mania creeping from the cities into the back blocks as (typically) a single,… Continue Reading →

Isolation Notes

By Paul Collits Those of us confined to lockdowns will know the pain of Covid politics.  Add to that the pain of useless isolation and you get the full, purgatorial picture. The sheer accidental genius of politicians has been brought… Continue Reading →

What NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian Is Really Up To

By Paul Collits: The Freedoms Project Those who thought that the NSW Government’s approach to Covid management was both liberal and proportional have been delivered a rude shock, with escalating Covid State totalitarianism that is only just beginning.  This article… Continue Reading →

The Covid Pact

By Paul Collits Individual rights, traditionally conceived, exist prior to, and separate from, the State.  Not any more, in the age of Covid and lockdown, all that we previously accepted about government has been discarded.  And we did it.  It… Continue Reading →

Zero Covid Man

By Paul Collits Australians “want to eliminate Covid”.  So says the Zero Covid Man, aka the Australian Prime Minister.  Perhaps the greatest fear is that he might be right.  If so, then comes the question: is it worse to have… Continue Reading →

The Illiberalism of Pro-Vaxxer “Liberals”

By Paul Collits One of the less noticed aspects of the Year of Living Covidly has been the birth of strange new alliances and unexpected political fissures to which lockdown policies and lockdown scepticism have given rise.  We now have… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Former Conservative Leader Andrew Peacock Passes As The Party He Once Led Drowns In Scandal

By Paul Collits. Australia’s ruling Coalition of the Liberal and National Parties is now mired in scandal so deep they are facing electoral oblivion. The tremulous leadership of current Prime Minister Scott Morrison is dragging down the conservative brand; and… Continue Reading →

Scotty’s Jab

By Paul Collits The Covid vaccines have been hailed as the world’s route out of lockdown and associated measures.  Not so fast, as we now are coming to realise.  The inept Morrison Government should be held to far higher standards… Continue Reading →

The Contradictions of Vaccine Politics

By Paul Collits The current penchant that governments and many citizens have for “Covidocracy” looks like becoming permanent.  This is despite the initial promise of the silver bullet vaccine.  Those who, quite legitimately, question the efficacy of the jab, are… Continue Reading →

Ode to Australian Tennis Legend Margaret Court

By Paul Collits Margaret Court has brought on the ire of the diversity brigade because as a fundamentalist Christian she is opposed to gay marriage. Ms Court has been promoted from an Officer of the Order of Australia to a… Continue Reading →

Conspiracy Theory and Its Discontents

By Paul Collits The charge of being a conspiracy theorist is now poison.  A conversation killer. Unfortunately, many dissenters from the State’s line on many issues, not just Covid, are cowed by the charge.  It is a trick. The charge… Continue Reading →

China’s Great Covid

By Paul Collits The year 2020 will go down in history as the year China’s long-term strategies for global domination and short-term tactics to achieve it paid off big time.  And they used a virus to do it. We have… Continue Reading →

Lawyer X: The Review

By Paul Collits The journalists Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon are outstanding practitioners of their craft.  They have written a must-read, cracking story of Australia’s worst ever legal fiasco.  Naturally, it involves Victoria Police. The journalists Anthony Dowsley and Patrick… Continue Reading →

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