March 23, 2014

China's Disastrous One-Child Policy

Alex B. Berezow, RealClearScience

The Associated Press

Since 1979, China has engaged in a gigantic social experiment, the likes of which humanity has never seen. Stemming from fears of overpopulation and an inability to feed its own people, the communist Chinese government imposed a one-child policy. Recently, China announced an end to the policy; any couple can now have two children, provided that one of the parents is an only child. What lessons should the world take away from China's experiment? An analysis by Michael Gross in Current Biology is worth reading, though it misses one key point.

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