Marlowe's Shade

Monday, September 12, 2005

China Poised to Reap Disaster from "One Child" Policy

From a Lifesite Special Report

Stephen Mosher was one of the first researchers allowed into China, of 20 that were admitted in 1979-80. “I have a confession to make,” he recently stated at a talk in Markham Ontario, “When I went to China I was not pro-life. I was pro-abortion. I thought it was a woman’s right to choose…I also thought when I went to China that China was overpopulated. China had too many people.”

What he found out about China's One Child policy not only changed his views on abortion and overpopulation, but resulted in his being labeled an international spy by the PRC government and got him kicked out of Stanford due to threats from China to ban all scholars from the university. But his testimony convinced the Reagan administration to cut off it's contribution to the UN Population fund that was supporting China's program:

That funding was re-instated under Clinton. But again under the Bush administration Mosher sent investigators into China to prove that the UN Population Fund was involved in China’s forced abortion, forced sterilization program. Again their evidence caused the United States to cut off funding to the UN fund. “We’ve cost them $150 million,” said Mosher. “And that’s the good news.”

Stephen is now president of the Population Research Institute which is one of the few NGOs challenging the UN's drive to depopulate the planet and addresses the myths that motivate these programs.

But while the UN and similar agencies seem to base their depopulation agenda on the long discredited theories of Malthus, John Ehrlich and the Club of Rome, the motivation of the People's Republic seems to be more simple:

“I began to realize that China’s problems, China’s backwardness at that point in time, hadn’t been caused by the fact that there was so many Chinese people, or that the Chinese people were having too many problems, but was caused because there was a corrupt government in power, a government that instead of letting the Chinese people develop China, had stood in the way.”

“Demographers have no conception of overpopulation. What they mean is poverty,” he alleged. “Famine and starvation does happen in the world, but it happens as a result usually of government interference with the production of food… We produce enough grain that everyone could eat a couple pounds of grain a day. We have a problem with distributing food, but we don’t have a problem with overall food production. The world today could feed about 12 to 14 billion people.”

The great famine under Chairman Mao, Mosher explained, had absolutely nothing to do with an actual shortage of food or an excess of population, but was rather the result of an escalation of destructive administrative errors, culminating in the direct confiscation of desperately needed grain from the poor and a refusal to seek assistance from wealthy Western countries.

“What has really held China back is the fact of government corruption and mismanagement…These Chinese people are China’s greatest resource; they can develop China if they’re given half a chance.”

Mosher goes on to point out two very grave unintended consequences of the One Child Policy,a gender imbalance of 25 million males and population where the elderly greatly outnumber the young. Some of the disasterous potential scenarios that are likely to result are as follows:

Does China seem to be aware of these dangers and the steps need to avoid them?

The Communist Party, despite the devastation of its one-child policy, Mosher revealed, is still strongly committed to the policy despite lulling media reports that it has been softening its stand. The pro-life China expert reported that the government is determined to follow all the way through on the recommendations of a government White Paper calling for its brutal policy to continue to about 2050 in order to reduce the country’s population to 600 million from its current 1.2 billion level.

The brutality will therefore increase rather than decrease in order to meet that unimaginable population reduction target. However, strictly from a pragmatic perspective, Mosher emphasized, this is certain to result in economic disaster for the still struggling nation since its population is its real economic strength. Mosher stated, “every abortion is hindering China’s economic development” but the Communists do not want to admit at this late stage that they have been wrong about their abortion policy.

With an outlook like this, it's little mystery why China has declared Stephen Mosher
persona non grata.

Crossposted on Internet Journal of Public Policy
papijoe 4:03 PM