Over at the Financial Post, Diane Francis makes the case for a “planetary law” of adopting China’s one child only policy. Says Diane:
A planetary law, such as China’s one-child policy, is the only way to reverse the disastrous global birthrate currently, which is one million births every four days. The world’s other species, vegetation, resources, oceans, arable land, water supplies and atmosphere are being destroyed and pushed out of existence as a result of humanity soaring reproduction rate.
Our population is indeed growing rapidly. There is no doubt about that. But what is to say that as humans we cannot adapt? Today, we grow more food than ever due to innovations in agriculture. Had we stuck to solely “green methods” like organic growing and food localism, our world would be a much hungrier place. The Middle East, a literal desert, has seen increased access to water through desalination plants. Farmland, through use of fertilizers, has become increasing arable. Unless of course, there is communal land ownership, aka government ownership. Man’s greenhouse gas emissions have been accounted for, but the debate over its significance and contribution towards climate change is still far from being settled, contrary to what they want you to believe.
Continuing her eugenic rant, she writes,
China has proven that birth restriction is smart policy. Its middle class grows, all its citizens have housing, health care, education and food, and the one out of five human beings who live there are not overpopulating the planet.
Crediting China’s single child mandate for building a stronger economy is one of the most absurd things I have ever read. Is she missing the incremental market liberalization that has been taking place there recently? While change has been slow, progress has been enormous, all things considered. Even then, I would hardly hold China up as a model for a strong middle class and social infrastructure.
The printing press, after quite some time, made literacy commonplace. The television brought newscasters to our homes. The Internet has all but radically transformed our society. Prior to these monumental changes, if someone was to predict the benefits for society they have had, they would be laughed at and mocked.
I’ll let my critics take the first punch. I’ll be laughing from my grave.Published in