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Free University Education Via Accredited Remote Learning – All Education Should Be Free For All  

By Dr Gideon Polya

31 January, 2015

Education is a basic human right and all education should be free. Free university education  has been adopted by about 20 variously rich or poor countries for all or a substantial proportion of their university  students. However the Anglosphere countries (the UK, the US, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand) ) are peculiar in imposing a huge and unjust education debt on university students  as well as  imposing  a huge and inescapable Carbon Debt on young people through disproportionately huge greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. However Accredited Remote Learning (ARL) via Free Universities (FUs) (e.g.  an Australian Free University) can circumvent this pro-One Percenter, neoliberal perversion.

Education underpins science-based personal and societal changes to maximize personal and societal health, happiness, dignity and opportunity, and accordingly all education should be free, whether pre-school (kindergarten), primary education (elementary school),  secondary education  (high school), tertiary education (university, technical training) or life-long learning. Indeed all education can and should be free.  Education is regarded as a basic human right [1-3] , which is why all developed countries make basic primary and secondary education free (although Educational Apartheid in some countries  determines differential access to good quality education  depending upon parental wealth, race or home location) [4, 5].

Thus Article 26 of the Universal  Declaration of Human Rights states: “(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children” [2].

Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child states in part: “1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to education, and with a view to achieving this right progressively and on the basis of equal opportunity, they shall, in particular: (a) Make primary education compulsory and available free to all;  (b) Encourage the development of different forms of secondary education, including general and vocational education, make them available and accessible to every child, and take appropriate measures such as the introduction of free education and offering financial assistance in case of need;  (c) Make higher education accessible to all on the basis of capacity by every appropriate means;  (d) Make educational and vocational information and guidance available and accessible to all children” [3].

Nevertheless  the world is currently dominated by a pro-One Percenter  neoliberal philosophy  that demands maximum freedom for the smart and otherwise advantaged  to exploit natural and human resources   for personal  aggrandisement. This presently dominant neoliberal philosophy   means that  most governments charge obscenely over-priced fees to (mostly young)  students who are bettering themselves and society by doing accredited university courses  (e.g. science, engineering, medicine, arts, commerce, law etc)  or technical and further  education (TAFE) courses (e,g. electrician, building, plumbing, hospitality, hair dressing etc). This pro-One Percenter, neoliberal approach is not only unfair and anti-social, it is also profoundly dishonest because, as amplified below,  top quality, accredited,  lecture-based tuition can actually be  provided for free (apart from a modest fee for accrediting examination) [1, 6].

However there is another approach to education, economics and societal organization in general  that can be variously described as social  humanism, socialism or the welfare state  and which involves evolving social contracts at the local, national and global levels  to  maximize the health, happiness, dignity, and opportunity of all people. Scandinavian countries provide  good examples of   relatively conservative countries  applying this social humanist philosophy to achieve a good social safety net as well as free university education [1, 7, 8].  

At the outset the pro-One Percenter neoliberals assert that universities are expensive institutions and that students should accordingly pay for the tuition that will enhance their future  earning prospects. However a reductio ad absurdum here would be that all children should be  heavily taxed from birth in direct proportion to  the IQs , wealth and socio-economic status of their parents.

Further, all nations need to have a complement of expert scholars and scientists for variety  of economic, health, national security  and national prestige reasons  - but one must  ask why impoverished, circa 20 year old undergraduate students  should have to pay for this  expert complement that disproportionately and  immediately  benefits the mature adult population  and the richer and older citizens in particular.

All education can and should be free. All university  education can and should be free.  All education can be free as empirically exampled by the dozen or so countries from rich to poor that have made  it so. All education should be free to promote the social humanist goal of maximizing the health, happiness, dignity and opportunity of all people and the societies of which they are a part [7, 8]

Many countries, both rich and poor,  have  made tertiary education free for their citizens, the list including (GDP per capita  in US dollars in brackets; mostly UN data, 2014): Argentina ($12,645) , Brazil ($11,387), China ($7,617), Cuba ($7,274), Czech Republic ($19,470), Denmark ($61,294), Ecuador ($6,346), Estonia ($20,122), Finland ($49,678), France ($42, 802), Germany ($47,966), Greece ($21,414), Libya ($6,602), Mauritius ($9,945), Norway ($97,226),  Scotland ($24,060) and Sweden ($58,856) [9, 10]. In addition, Chile ($14,528)  gives free university education to students from its 50% poorest families [11, 12]  and  in Nigeria ($3,203), university education is free for Science, Education and Technology students [13]. However in stark contrast, free university education is presently rejected by the rich,  pro-One Percenter, neoliberal Anglosphere countries of Australia ($62,290), Canada ($50,169), Ireland ($53,648), New Zealand ($44,189), UK ($46,461) and the US ($54,306).

Australia had free university education when university fees were abolished by the reformist Whitlam Labor Government before it was removed in a CIA-backed Coup in 1975. Fees were re-introduced by the pro-US, neo-liberal Hawke Labor Government but with a Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) enabling students to repay their education debt in small instalments when able to do so through suitably rewarded future employment. Australian students presently have an average HECS debt of $15,200 which is repaid over an average of 8.3 years  but the present ultraconservative Coalition Government (with the support of nearly all vice-chancellors) wants to deregulate fees and increase the interest rate on the HECS debt with the prospect  of $100,000 degrees under the extreme right wing, pro-war, war criminal, pro-coal, pro-gas, climate criminal  Liberal Party-National Party Coalition Government now led by the charming and articulate but nevertheless “lipstick on a pig”, pro-war,  pro-fossil fuels and anti-science Prime Minister  Malcolm Turnbull [14].   


The Australian university system has 43 accredited universities comprising 40 state-funded universities, two international universities, and a smaller private speciality university. The  8 top high quality state-funded universities (the Big Eight)  have very competitive entry and garner most of the available research grants [15]. The high-cost, corporatized, money-obsessed   Australian university system  is run by bean-counting career academic administrators who can be seen as   parasitic, grossly over-paid refugees from scholarship who cravenly do the bidding of successive anti-intellectual, neoliberal governments. The Australian university system caters for 985,000 local, HECS-paying students and 329,000 full-fee overseas students (2014)[16]  and  is  characterized by unjustifiably high fees, declining academic standards, academic censorship,  lowered entry standards,  bullying of academics, academic downsizing, academic casualization, egregious corruption and extraordinary  censorship that grossly violates the fundamental academic ethos [17-31].


Censorship is utterly anathema to traditional academics but is now entrenched in the corporatized Australian university system [23, 26-31] and elsewhere [32, 33]. Thus Western democracies have become pro-One Percenter and Neocon American and Zionist  Imperialist   (NAZI)-perverted and subverted Plutotocracies, Murdochracies, Lobbyocracies, Corporatocracies, , Kleptocracies and Dollarocracies in which Big Money purchases people, politicians, parties, policies, public perception of reality and more political power and hence more profit. Western universities and academics censor in deference to the   pro-One Percenter and Neocon American and Zionist  Imperialist   (NAZI)-perverted and subverted Establishment.   Thus, for example, the cases of censorship of outstanding  anti-racist Jewish American academic Dr Norman Finkelstein by the Catholic De Paul University [32] and of anti-racist Australian academic Dr Sandra Nasr by the London School of Economics (UK) and the Catholic Notre Dame University (Australia) [33] , both in deference to the Zionist Lobby. Indeed the right-wing Australian Coalition Opposition (now the Coalition Government) stated that they would cut off research funds from  academics supporting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against nuclear terrorist, racist Zionist-run, genocidally racist, democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel [34, 35].  As I concluded  in a detailed analysis of academic censorship : “Finally, we should publicly insist that universities that constrain free speech are not fit for our children” [23]. Why should student pay outrageously big bucks to learn at institutions with a censoring  culture?  

The rich Anglosphere countries that do not have free university education are imposing a huge education debt on their young citizens while permitting massive tax avoidance by national individuals, national corporations and multinational corporations. Further,  Anglosphere countries, specifically the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia , are notable for  having an increasing One Percenter and Ten Percenter share of annual national income. As revealed by Professor Thomas Piketty in his book “Capital in the Twenty First Century”, the share in total income  of the top 1% in France, Germany, Sweden and Japan declined from about 20% in 1910 to about 8% in 1950 and thence  remained low (Figure 9.3, p317).  In contrast, in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia a similar decline occurred from about 20% in 1910 to 6-9% in 1970 but after 1980 the One Percenter share of total income variously increased to 10-18%. A similar pattern obtains with the top 10% in these countries, a phenomenon that Piketty describes as “the rise of the supermanager: an Anglo-Saxon phenomenon” (Figures 9.2-9.8, pp315-324) [36-38].

It gets worse. The rich Anglosphere countries that refuse to provide free university  education for their young citizens are also among the world's worst greenhouse gas (GHG) polluters and follow the Australian example of imposing  a huge, inescapable and ever-increasing Carbon  Debt on their young. Thus the annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution for all countries (tonnes CO2-e per person per year;  the world average being 63.80 billion tonnes CO2-e / 7.137 billion people in 2013 = 8.9 tonnes CO2-e per person per year) is as follows New Zealand (53.2), Australia (52.9; 116 if including its huge GHG-generating  exports), Canada (50.1), Ireland (41.4), United States (41.0), and the UK  (21.5) [39]. Scotland is a notable exception – it has abolished university fees and is committed to 100% renewable energy by 2020 [40, 41].

Climate criminal Australia's  damage-related Carbon Debt due to accumulated greenhouse gas (GHG)  pollution now totals $7.5 trillion, is increasing at $400 billion each year  and will inescapably have to be paid by young Australians  and future generations,  with the Carbon Debt for under-30 year old Australians increasing by $40,000 per head each year.  By way of comparison, the World has a Carbon Debt of $360 trillion that is increasing at $13 trillion per year [42].  Assuming a damage-related Carbon Price of $200 per tonne CO2-e [43], the values of annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution for Anglosphere  countries  quoted above correspond  to the following annual per capita increases  in Carbon Debt (in brackets): New Zealand ($10,640), Australia ($10,580; $23,200 if including its huge GHG-generating  exports), Canada ($10,020), Ireland ($8,280), United States (8,200), and the UK  ($4,300). Of course this remorselessly  increasing Carbon Debt will have to be paid by the young and future generations.


Here are 3 examples of how the present corporatized university  system could rapidly transit from the present dishonest rip-off to much  free-er tertiary  education: 

(1). All those running lecture-based  courses in state-subsidized universities should  place lectures notes, a book/chapter/page-based syllabus, sample answers to model exam questions  and other teaching materials on the web for free access for all,  and provide minimum cost  accrediting examinations that anyone can sit for free or for a modest, real cost-based fee.

(2).   Current on-campus undergraduate education can be provided at 10% of the current cost using part-time academic teaching staff (e.g. from other institutions, industry or from early retirement).

(3), Current on-campus undergraduate education can be provided at 1% of the current cost  simply through provision by experts (e.g. from hospitals, other institutions, industry, public universities or private universities) of minimum-cost, accrediting examination of  student understanding  of the top quality courses  (Massive Open Online Courses,  MOOCs) put on the web for free by top universities like 157-Nobel-Laureate Harvard and 85-Nobel-Laureate Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Of course if existing institutions won't act decently as suggested  above then collectives of currently employed academics, retired academics,  scholars, scientists  and other experts(e.g. in Australia, an Australian Free University  or Free University of Australia) should simply place lectures notes, a book/chapter/page-based syllabus, sample answers to model exam questions  and other teaching materials on the web for free access for all,  and provide minimum cost  accrediting examinations that anyone can sit for free or for a modest, real cost-based fee [1, 6, 44, 45]. I have set out such a scheme that I have variously described as Reading-Only Tertiary Education (ROTE) [6] , Distance Learning (DL) or Accredited Remote Learning (ARL) [44, 45]. Such an off-campus system  is not just honest and effective but potentially immensely  empowering for the disabled (notably people who are deaf, blind or immobilized) , mature age students, life-long learners, geographically isolated people, refugees in refugee concentration camps,   or other incarcerated people (e.g. people judicially sentenced to imprisonment   or Occupied Palestinians, half of whom are children,  brutally confined to West Bank ghettoes or the Gaza Concentration Camp).  


University academics, university administrators and apprised politicians resolutely lie by omission to the public over current academic realities in which on-campus, fee-paying students mostly do not attend lectures and their study is heavily based on reading downloaded lecture notes, other downloaded materials and  prescribed texts (this approach  is crucial for many overseas students in Australia  with a much better reading comprehension than their aural comprehension of English and of the Australian accent in particular). Thus most of the 1.3  million student enrolled for  expensive  on-campus courses at Australian universities are in effect doing the off-campus learning I have described as  Reading-Only Tertiary Education (ROTE) [6], Distance Learning (DL)  or  Accredited Remote Learning (ARL) [44, 45] but paying a fortune for the privilege.  

The progressive corporatizing of Western universities has meant that they are now dominated by ruthless  academic administrators who can be seen as parasitic and  grossly over-paid refugees from scholarship who do the bidding of dishonest, greedy, pro-One Percenter, neoliberal governments in perverting scholarly institutions, maltreating  scholars , deceiving the public and ripping off students. The gross deception of students, parents and society over the need for university fees is a good illustration of Polya's 3 Laws that mirror the 3 Laws of Thermodynamics of science and are (1) Price minus COP (Cost of Production) equals profit; (2) Deception about COP strives to a maximum; and (3) No work, price or profit on a dead planet [46]. These fundamental laws also help  expose the resolute  failure of neoliberal capitalism in relation to Carbon Debt,  wealth inequality, massive tax evasion by multinational corporations, and  horrendous avoidable deaths from poverty and pollution culminating in general ecocide, speciescide, climate genocide, omnicide and terracide [46-50].

Final observations.

"Free university education" is actually a double entendre - we must implement free university education and in so doing free universities from the clutches of corporatist university administrators   and anti-science, anti-scholarship, spin-driven and anti-truth neoliberal  governments. The British Labor Party under its  humane and progressive new leader  Jeremy Corbyn now has a policy of free  university education [51, 52] as do the similarly pro-peace, pro-equity  and pro-human rights Australian Greens [53].


Students should not just be concerned about the immense cost of university education that should actually be provided for free. They should also be concerned about what they are getting for their money. Thus a good example is provided by the the WW2 Bengali Holocaust in which the British with Australian complicity deliberately starved 6-7 million Indians to death for strategic reasons in the 1942-1945 man-made Bengal Famine, with Australia withholding food from starving India from its huge wartime grain stocks and as many as 0.3 million starving Bengali women and girls subject to civilian or military sexual abuse [54-59]. The Bengali Holocaust was the first WW2 mass atrocity to be described as a “holocaust” (by N. G. Jog in his  1944 book “Churchill's Blind Spot: India”) [55] but has been largely white-washed from history and general  public perception by several generations of British academic historians [59].


In a recent analysis of tackling Educational  Apartheid and social inequity [5] I concluded: “The adult world is failing to address the worsening climate crisis and it seems now inevitable that we will be bequeathing a severely damaged and threatened world  to our children and grandchildren … The least we could do is to educate the next generations to enable them to best deal with the mess we have left behind. Voters should insist that all education should be free and good.” Decent people who care for young people and future  generations must  reject the lying, Humanity-abusing neoliberal politicians and support the Greens and Socialists in their demand for free university education and indeed free education for all.


[1]. “Free University Education”: https://sites.google.com/site/freeuniversityeducation/home .

[2]. “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, United Nations: http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/ .

[3]. “Convention on the Rights of the Child”, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner:  http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CRC.aspx .

[4]. “Educational Apartheid”: https://sites.google.com/site/educationalapartheid/ .

[5]. Gideon Polya, “37 Ways Of Tackling Australian Educational Apartheid And Social Inequity”,  Countercurrents, 22 May, 2013: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya220513.htm .

[6]. Gideon Polya, “Crisis in our universities”, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio National,  Ockham's Razor, 19 August 2001: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/crisis-in-our-universities/3490214#transcript

[7]. Gideon Polya, “Book Review: “Social Humanism. A New Metaphysics” By Brian Ellis -  Last Chance To Save Planet?”,  Countercurrents, 19 August, 2012: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya190812.htm

[8]. Brian Ellis, ”Social Humanism. A New Metaphysics”,  Routledge , UK , 2012.

[9].   “Free education”, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_education .

[10]. “List of countries by GDP (nominal) per capita”, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28nominal%29_per_capita .

[11].  "Chile approves free university education for 200,000 students , one of Bachelet's campaign  promise”, MercoPress, 28 December 2015: http://en.mercopress.com/2015/12/28/chile-approves-free-university-education-for-200.000-students-one-of-bachelet-s-campaign-promise .

[12]. David Post, “Who benefits from free higher education”, University World News, 18 September 2011: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20110916210900699 .

[13]. "Buhari declares free university education for all Science, Education & Technology students”, Answers Africa: http://answersafrica.com/buhari-declares-free-university-education-for-science-education-technology-students.html .

[14]. Gideon Polya, “Coalition Climate Crimes & 200 Reasons Why Australia Must Dump Pro-coal, Pro-war Coalition PM Malcolm Turnbull”, Countercurrents,  1 November, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya011115.htm .

[15]. Australian Education Network, Australian Universities, “List of universities in Australia”:  http://www.australianuniversities.com.au/ .


[16]..Australian Education Network, Australian Universities, “Student numbers at Australian universities” : http://www.australianuniversities.com.au/directory/student-numbers/ .


[17].  Gideon Polya, “Book Review: “Selling Students Short” By Richard Hil – Neoliberal Corruption Of Corporatised Australian Universities”, Countercurrents,  29 May, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya290515.htm .


[18]. Richard Hil , “Selling Students Short. Why you won't get the university education you deserve” , Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2015.

[19]. Donald Meyers, “Australian Universities. A Portrait Of Decline” , AUPOD, 2013.

[20]. Gideon Polya, “Book Review: “Australian Universities. A Portrait Of Decline” By Donald Meyers”, Countercurrents, 4 February, 2013: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya040213.htm  .

[21]. Richard Hil,  “Whackademia. An insider's account of the troubled university” , University of New South Wales Press, 2012.

[22]. Gideon Polya, “Book Review: “Whackademia” Reveals Parlous State of Australia 's Censored, Under-funded & Dumbing-down Universities”,  Countercurrents, 14 December, 2012: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya141212.htm .

[23]. Gideon Polya, “Current academic censorship and self-censorship in Australian universities”, Free University Education: https://sites.google.com/site/freeuniversityeducation/academic-censorship .

[24]. Brian Martin, C. M. Ann Baker, Clyde Manwell and Cedric Pugh , “Intellectual Suppression: Australian Case Histories, Analysis and Responses”.

[25]. Eryk Bagshaw and Inga Ting, “NSW universities taking students with ATARs as low as 30”, Sydney Morning  Herald, 27 January 2016: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/nsw-universities-taking-students-with-atars-as-low-as-30-20160125-gmdvr6.html .

[26]. Linton Besser and Peter Cronau, “Degrees of deception”, ABC TV Four Corners, 1 May 2015: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/04/20/4217741.htm .

[27]. “Censorship by The Conversation”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/censorship-by  .

[28]. Gideon Polya, “Australian Universities Complicit With  Pro-Zionist Censorship And Genocidal Israeli  Militarism”,  Countercurrents, 24 May, 2012: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya240512.htm

[29]. Gideon Polya, “Academic censorship: why you should NOT study at the University of Melbourne”, Bellaciao, 5 November 2012: http://http.bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article22283  .

[30]. Gideon Polya, “Censorship in Australian universities”, MWC News, 29 October 2012: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/22488-gideonpolya-censorship.html   .

[31]. “Academic freedom”, ABC Radio National Background Briefing, 6 December 1998: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/academic-freedom/3554266#transcript  

[32]. “Norman Finkelstein”, Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Finkelstein .

[33]. Gideon Polya, “Academic Free Speech Under Zionist Attack At Notre Dame Australia And LSE, UK”, Countercurrents, 16 December, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya161215.htm

[34]. Jake Lynch, “Coalition plans to punish those who boycott Israel”, ABC, The Drum, 25 June 2013: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-25/lynch---bds/4778144

[35] Gideon Polya, “New Pro-Zionist Australian Coalition Government Threatens Anti-racist Jewish Academics Who Support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Against Apartheid Israel”,  Countercurrents, 23 October, 2013: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya231013.htm

[36].  Thomas Piketty,  “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” , Harvard University Press, 2014.

[37].  Gideon Polya, “4 % annual Global Wealth Tax to stop the 17 Million deaths annually”,  Countercurrents, 27 June, 2014: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya270614.htm  .

[38].  Gideon Polya, “Key Book Review: “Capital In The Twenty-First Century” By Thomas Piketty”,  Countercurrents, 1 July, 2014: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya010714.htm .

[39]. Gideon Polya, “Revised Annual Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Pollution For All Countries – What Is Your Country Doing?”, Countercurrents, 6 January, 2016: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya060116.htm  .

[40]. “100% renewable energy by 2020”: https://sites.google.com/site/100renewableenergyby2020/ .

[41]. “Scotland aims for 100% renewable energy by 2020”, Sydney Morning Herald, 31 October 2012: http://www.smh.com.au/business/carbon-economy/scotland-aims-for-100-renewable-energy-by-2020-20121031-28jbv.html .

[42]. “Carbon Debt Carbon Credit”: https://sites.google.com/site/carbondebtcarboncredit/ .

[43]. Dr Chris Hope, “How high should climate change taxes be?”, Working Paper Series, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, 9.2011: http://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/media/assets/wp1109.pdf .

[44]. Gideon Polya, “Accredited Remote Learning (ARL) (Distance Learning, DL) to maximize Deep Learning (DL)”,  Free University Education: https://sites.google.com/site/freeuniversityeducation/accredited-remote-learning                                                     

[45].  Gideon Polya, “Distance Leaning – review of global Distance Learning (DL) systems, Free University Education: https://sites.google.com/site/freeuniversityeducation/distance-learning .

[46].  Gideon Polya. “Polya's 3 Laws Of Economics Expose Deadly, Dishonest  And Terminal Neoliberal Capitalism”, Countercurrents, 17 October, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya171015.htm  .

[47]. “Are we doomed?”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/are-we-doomed .

[48]. “Nuclear weapons ban , end poverty & reverse climate change”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/nuclear-weapons-ban .

[49]. "Too late to avoid global warming catastrophe": https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/too-late-to-avoid-global-warming .

[50]. “Stop state terrorism” : https://sites.google.com/site/stopstateterrorism/ .

[51]. Patrick Wintour, “Jeremy Corbyn announces £10bn plan to scrap university tuition fees”, The Guardian, 16 July 2015: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/jul/15/jeremy-corbyn-announces-10bn-plan-to-scrap-university-tuition-fees .

[52]. “Education is a basic human right – John McDonnell addresses free education demo”, Labour List, 4 November 2015: http://labourlist.org/2015/11/education-is-a-basic-human-right-john-mcdonnell-addresses-free-education-demo/ .

[53]. Australian Greens Education Policies: http://greens.org.au/policies/education .

[54]. Gideon Polya, “Australia And Britain Killed 6-7 Million Indians In WW2 Bengal Famine”, Countercurrents, 29 September, 2011: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya290911.htm  .

[55]. N.G. Jog,  “Churchill's Blind Spot: India” (New Book Company, Bombay, 1944).

[56]. Gideon Polya , “UK Zionist Historian Sir Martin Gilbert (1936-2015) Variously Ignored Or Minimized WW2 Bengali Holocaust”, Countercurrents, 19 February, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya190215.htm .

[57].  Gideon Polya, “Australia And Britain Killed 6-7 Million Indians In WW2 Bengal Famine”,  Countercurrents, 29 September, 2011: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya290911.htm .

[58]. “Bengali Holocaust (WW2 Bengal Famine) writings of Gideon Polya”, Gideon Polya: https://sites.google.com/site/drgideonpolya/bengali-holocaust .

[59]. Gideon Polya, “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History. Colonial rapacity, holocaust denial and the crisis in biological sustainability”, now available  for free perusal on the web: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya290911.htm .


Dr Gideon Polya taught science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London , 2003). He has published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/ ); see also his contributions “Australian complicity in Iraq mass mortality” in “Lies, Deep Fries & Statistics” (edited by Robyn Williams, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/australian-complicity-in-iraq-mass-mortality/3369002#transcript

) and “Ongoing Palestinian Genocide” in “The Plight of the Palestinians (edited by William Cook, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2010: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/4047-the-plight-of-the-palestinians.html ). He has published a revised and updated 2008 version of his 1998 book “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History” (see: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/ ) as biofuel-, globalization- and climate-driven global food price increases threaten a greater famine catastrophe than the man-made famine in British-ruled India that killed 6-7 million Indians in the “forgotten” World War 2 Bengal Famine (see recent BBC broadcast involving Dr Polya, Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen and others: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/social-economic-history/listen-the-bengal-famine  ;  Gideon Polya: https://sites.google.com/site/drgideonpolya/home  ; Gideon Polya Writing: https://sites.google.com/site/gideonpolyawriting/ ) . When words fail one can say it in pictures - for images of Gideon Polya's huge paintings for the Planet, Peace, Mother and Child see: http://sites.google.com/site/artforpeaceplanetmotherchild/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/gideonpolya/




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