A truly modern problem in China

In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, a very common expression was that “the rich get richer and the poor get children.” In China, that’s been turned on its head. Not only do the rich (probably) get richer, they also get the children — and their Communist overlords are cracking down:

Rich Chinese people who flout the country’s family planning policies, which usually limit couples to one child, will face higher fines under tougher new enforcement guidelines, state media said on Saturday.

The China Daily said the move to assess fines in line with the violator’s income came in response to widespread concern that current fines did not serve as enough of a deterrent to the well-off, essentially allowing them to treat the fines as a fee for having more than one child.

The new measures, issued by the National Population and Family Planning Commission and 10 other agencies, single out the elite as needing to play their part in controlling the country’s population.

“(Communist) Party members, cadres and social public figures should take the lead in following the population and family planning regulations,” the paper quoted the statement as saying, threatening strict punishments for public figures who violate the rules.

Violators could also see their credit ratings damaged, the paper said — a serious threat in a society where people are increasingly taking out loans to buy homes and cars, and where banks are often prodded by authorities to restrict lending to certain groups or companies in line with policy aims.

China credits family planning laws with preventing 400 million births and thereby boosting prosperity in a country that now has 1.3 billion people, a fifth of the world’s total.

Another modern problem in China, flowing directly from the limit on the numbers of children any family can have, is the huge gender imbalance.  Since females have little value in that society, the article points out that there are 118 boys born for every 100 girls born.  The normal ratio is about 105-107 boys for every 100 girls (although there are more boys being born lately).

I used to think that the furious rate of abortions and infanticides in India and China, all of which are aimed at getting rid of unwanted girl babies, would raise the status of girls in those societies.  My theory was that, as something becomes more rare, it becomes more valued.  As far as I can tell, and I’m too lazy to look up links to support my impression, that hasn’t happened.  Instead, it has simply led to women being kidnapped and raped in greater numbers as there are more and more men in need of feminine companionship (whether for brute sex or “holy” matrimony) and fewer and fewer women to fit the bill.  That is, women, instead of being valued for their rarity, are being fought over and destroyed like the toy in the center of a violent tug of war.

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  1. says

    This is a problem, not only in China, but in Muslim dictatorships, as well, where Muslims have been kidnapping Christian girls and forcing them to convert and marry against their wills. In fact, anywhere that women have no voice, no value, they are raped and forced to marry against their wills. This is what follows: Tyranny is a molecular thing. The dictator who terrorizes his top echelon in Haiti produces thugs like the Ton Ton Macoute and Les Chimières. (A police force so corrupt that they break into the homes of the poorest and rape the women in front of their terrified husbands and family members…just because they can.) I choose Haiti as an example, because it was our government who established a Communist dictator there, creating a flood of refugees deposited on our shores.
    My point is this: Tyrannies, whether Muslim or secular destroy down to the family level. We don’t realize what we have here in this country, and we won’t until we’ve lost it.

  2. says

    If you watch CDR Salamander’s youtube post about young Muslims and the Hijab, you will see something interesting in what the interviewer said.

    http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/2007/09/muslim-misogyny.html

    HIs proposal is that women should wear the hijab because the difference between the jewelry that the store allows you to touch and the jewelry that the store has under lock and stock is that the jewelry guarded and hidden is more valuable.

    That’s right. Women are nothing but property, to be bought and shown off as jewelry. Thus the “less” of it there are of women, the more valuable they do become, Book, yes, but it doesn’t make them human or deserving of human rights.

  3. Mike Devx says

    Book said,
    “…it has simply led to women being kidnapped and raped in greater numbers as there are more and more men in need of feminine companionship … women, instead of being valued for their rarity, are being fought over and destroyed like the toy in the center of a violent tug of war.”

    Book, I believe that *resources* are valued for their scarcity. Resources become property, and the rarer they are, the more costly. The examples you cite above do indicate that rarity is occurring.

    However, we are discussing human beings here. The differences between “a culture of life” and “a culture of death” are often ridiculed. I believe they are important. The wholesale destruction of people, whether via abortion or other means, devalues human dignity and the worth of human lives. Paradoxically, as a result, the scarcity of women then leads to them being treated with contempt, because they are NOT valued.

    When government enforces this culture of death, it is also violating individual dignity and individual rights. The devaluation of the worth of the individual never has good outcomes either.

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