The Perverse Consequences of China’s One-Child Policy
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  • Corlyss

    “the poor in China are much more likely to face fines, forced abortions and sterilizations for violating the law.”

    Wow! There’s a delicious irony. The Chinese produce more wealthy families, many of whose members will be technically American, while the US incentivizes the production of more native and immigrant fatherless poor dependents on the nanny state.

    Something’s wrong with this picture.

  • Pete

    ” …once the child reaches 21, she can apply for green cards for her parents.”


    Oh how politically correct Mead’s kiddies are.

    The odds of one of the designer babies being a ‘she’ is way south of 50%, given that the Chinese already abort females at a highly disproportionate rate.

  • lukelea

    Many primitive societies practiced female infanticide. The resulting surplus of males was usually gotten rid of through warfare and internecine fighting among young males. Marriage of nubile females was monopolized by the surviving class of middle-aged males. Not a happy prospect.

    • Andrew Allison

      Doesn’t sound bad to me LOL

  • Andrew Allison

    Yet another example of the Law of Unintended Consequences (

  • Kevin

    Senior members of the CCP have to be aware of the demographic implications of this policy, especially with an aging workforce. I would love to know why they want to continue it. How do they see the costs and benefits of it? Is it really just maintained due to policy inertia and bureaucratic self interest? There must be something else to their calculations than this. Is it that they think it’s easier to manage a declining aging population rather than a turbulent young one?

  • Jane the Actuary

    The “law of unintended consequences” starts a generation earlier, as Mao encouraged the Chinese to have lots of kids, prior to his successor discovering that growing the population wasn’t such a great idea.

    In any case, it’s another indication of how lousy our government is that we still adult children to sponsor their parents and siblings for immigration to the United States.

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