American Elephants

Government Control Isn’t Always What It’s Cracked Up to Be! by The Elephant's Child
March 8, 2021, 9:01 pm
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Back around 1980, The Chinese became concerned with the possibility of overpopulation, and instituted a policy for Han Chinese nationally of one child for a couple, enforced by forced abortion and infanticide.

Like all big government control efforts, China has ended up with an enormous gender imbalance, with 34 million more men than women, and a severe shortage of women of childbearing age. Fortunately, America is not inclined towards big controlling edicts, but Nancy Pelosi and Chuckie Schumer should take notice. They are leaning a little too much towards control, as is Joe Biden.

Dictator Xi Jinping replaced the one-child policy with a “two-child” policy in 2016, but polls show that Chinese youth have little interest in parenting and increasingly, less desire to get into romantic relationships at all. The Chinese government estimated that 10 million people were born in 2020, 15 percent fewer births than in 2019. It has been decided that Chinese students lack emotion education. CPPCC member Yu Xinwei proposed that universities should take responsibility in pressuring young Chinese people to marry and have children. Simply allowing a couple to have a second child does not mean that they will actually have one. The costs of raising a child are up, housing prices are up and there are mounting career pressures on women.

The solution, of course, is college classes in relationships. Back in 2013, there were exclusive classes in how to identify suitable bachelors. One agency that claimed it could help single women to find Mr. Right, offered a one day course for 2,800 yen (US $451) and the agency at that time had 30,000 students. The Covid crisis arrived, and couples were shut in and that didn’t go all that well. The divorce rate is up significantly.

Will college classes in relationships have the desired effect? Most Americans who went to college would, reflecting on their own four years, laugh hysterically. The Chinese have got themselves into a strange dilemma. How to teach a generation uninterested in relationships how to have relations with the opposite sex, and consider marriage and family as a desirable outcome? Strange times, strange times.

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