Friday, December 11, 2009

The "Ugly Beast" Was Never Really Gone

Today Jonah Goldberg wrote The Ugly Beast Returns which deals with Diane Francis' call for a "one child policy" to deal with, in her opinion, the over-population that is destroying the planet. The thing is, the ugly beast never left. The Bride of Rove ran in to one of these "one child" idiots yesterday. I've got a co-worker who is a "one childer." Back in October, I named Alex Renton as my dumb ass of the week for this comment:

But how do you reduce population in countries where women's rights are already achieved and birth-control methods are freely available? Could children perhaps become part of an adult's personal carbon allowance? Could you offer rewards: have one child only and you may fly to Florida once a year?

And lets not forget about population offsets. Francis doesn't sugar coat where she stands:

Humans are the only rational animals but have yet to prove it. Medical and other scientific advances have benefited by delivering lower infant mortality rates as well as longevity. Both are welcome, but humankind has not yet recalibrated its behavior to account for the fact that the world can only accommodate so many people, especially if billions get indoor plumbing and cars. (emphasis added)

The fix is simple. It's dramatic. And yet the world's leaders don't even have this on their agenda in Copenhagen. Instead there will be photo ops, posturing, optics, blah-blah-blah about climate science and climate fraud, announcements of giant wind farms, then cap-and-trade subsidies.(emphasis added)

None will work unless a China one-child policy is imposed....
Wow, by invoking China as the model Francis is coming out as pro forced abortion. Thats downright John Holdren of her. Goldberg responds:

But one point does cry out to be made. Imagine if someone wrote an op-ed saying that we need a planetary ban on abortion. Feminists would get their dresses over their heads in outrage about such a naked assault on "reproductive freedom." But here is a woman in a very prestigious Canadian newspaper arguing, in effect, that every country in the world should force women everywhere to have an abortion if they already have a child. Put aside, for a moment, the pro-life objections to this. Even if you think the unborn are really just a bunch of cells, mere "uterine contents" with no more moral import than fingernail clippings, how on earth can anyone believe in "reproductive freedom" and not be absolutely horrified by the police-state evil of such proposals? (emphasis added)

But Francis feels perfectly comfortable suggesting that the government has the right to impose a one child policy. She appeared on O'Reilly tonight and trust me, she feel no shame or embarrassment about her views. And that is the rub isn't it? When people are comfortable not only thinking the unthinkable, but imposing their will on others, we are in big trouble.

More at Memeorandum


SwampWoman said...

The mask slips off of some very, VERY unpleasant people that do not like children and want to force MY grandchildren to be murdered.

I will kill to protect my grandchildren in utero. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way.

Carol said...

No SwampWoman, you aren't the only one to feel that way. Unless my son "gets in gear" I've got all the grandchildren I'm going to have (deep sigh) but I'll fight for the rights of the two I've got and your grandchildren's rights. When evil is passed off as "normal" we all suffer.

SwampWoman said...

Well, son has sworn off having more children after he divorced with one daughter, but there's still time for him. Daughter is planning on another little one in the future.

yukio ngaby said...

Francis waxing poetic about China is pretty hard to take. Clearly she has never been to China, or else she never ventured from Shanghai or Beijing into the very poor, rural provinces or visited the urban work hostels.

China's one child policy is creating a disaster for China. Traditionally parents and grandparents relied completely on their children and grandchildren to take care of them as they grew older. The practice being that multiple adult offspring can defray the cost of keeping older non-productive family members (retired mom & dad + two sets of grandparents) happy, healthy, and provided for.

With one-child China created an inverse pyramid. Instead of eight to ten family units (grand/son + wife) taking care of their elders, there now is a single son responsible for two parents + four grandparents. This becomes even more complicated if you factor in the son's wife's family-- assuming that she does not have any close male relatives to take care of her own parents. It simply cannot work.

All of it is actually moot anyway. Like most policies in China, there's always ways for certain people (a sizable portion) to get around their laws. The birthrate in China is 1.7 child per woman-- higher than in Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, and many other European countries. If Francis wanted to talk about how great it is for people to have one kid, she should use these countries (or Japan) as examples. Not China.

There's a good response to Francis' spouting at:

Wow, this is a long comment.

Sorry about that.