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Fallout from China's Barbaric One Child Policy

A man killed two Chinese government officials and injured four others at a family planning bureau on Wednesday. Earlier the man had gone to the bureau to register his fourth child but had failed to pay the exorbitant fee for having more than one child and was turned away. In China, your child must be registered to get an education, among other government benefits. The Washington Post reports:

According to the official Xinhua News Agency, staff in the Dongxing City Family Planning Bureau—which comes under Fangchenggang city—refused Monday to register the man’s fourth child for a hukou, or resident’s certificate, because he hadn’t paid a social compensation fee.

The fee is a fine levied on parents who break family planning laws and can be up to 10 times a family’s annual income, depending on the province and the whim of the local planning bureau.

Social media has made it a lot harder for China’s rulers to keep the lid on stories like this, stoking public resentment of this cruel and outdated leash on a thriving society. China’s continued prosperity will depend on its having enough workers to power its economy and support its rapidly aging population.

We reported earlier this year on some signals that the government was considering revising the policy. Between the public discontent and the economic and demographic concerns, the one child policy looks increasingly like it’s headed for the dust bin.

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  • Corlyss

    Governments, particularly autocratic governments, never admit they made mistakes. It would be so much easier if they would just do that. If the policy does hit the dustbin, it will be after years of selective waivers to big cities where residents are less inclined to have a lot of kids anyway. They’ve already waived the policy for Shanghai. It will most likely remain the policy for the hinterlands, where the residents really need a lot of kids to help with the work.

  • foobarista

    There are parallels between China’s one-child policy and the American “War on Drugs”: both have created vast bureaucracies with tentacles throughout the country, both are prone to egregious excesses and have few checks on their power – and both are supported by policies that have been historically popular, although this is changing.

    Many Chinese leaders recognize the looming demographic disaster that the one-child policy has produced, but are afraid to take on the one-child policy, as its bureaucracy is deep and entrenched throughout China.

  • skhpcola

    This is a preview of our future. Once Obamacare fails and government takes over the entire healthcare industry–the ultimate goal of the central planners behind this mess–they’ll feel the need to tell us how many children we may have. It’s the “people’s” money, so they’ll feel justified in shoe-horning themselves into the vanishingly-small remainder of our lives that are free. Leftists are totalitarians at their very core.

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