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Reaping what you sow, or don’t sow in this case

Over at the Weekly Standard, Jonathan Last has a fascinating analysis of the demographic trajectory China finds itself embracing as an unintended consequence of their One-Child policy.  Having come to the forefront of our collective attention with Biden’s recent comments, Mr. Last answers his question regarding the verbal admiration for this policy with this observation:

But the more charitable (and likely) explanation is that people who claim to admire China’s One-Child policy simply don’t know very much about it. Like where it came from. Or how it actually works. Or what it has really done to China’s demographics.

And he then goes on to explain the history, methods, and what it has really done to China’s demographics.  His conclusion:

For the Chinese, this is the scariest number of all because it suggests that even if One-Child were lifted tomorrow, it might not matter. If One-Child has eroded not just real fertility, but even the desire of the Chinese to have children, then there is no way out. Governments have tried coaxing and coercing people into having more children than they want to for centuries and it never—literally never—works.

China’s One-Child policy has been a demographic disaster for China. And the worst is yet to come.

The reality is that once again man’s “wisdom” is absolute sheer folly compared to God’s:

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:3-5 [NKJV]

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  1. 24 Sep 2011 at 11:02 AM

    “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”
    Amen. That is all there is left to say on this one.

  2. 24 Sep 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Yea, verily!

  3. 28 Sep 2011 at 8:57 PM

    I have often wondered how this will all play out in China. Limiting the number of children, causing the parents to decide between keeping an unborn baby girl or not. At some point, there will be many, many more boys than girls, at which point generations begin to disappear…

  4. 29 Sep 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Yes, MadDad (WAMK), that is the point of the linked essay. And China knows it and is not “happy” about it.

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