Thursday, June 23, 2011

China's Unthinkable Population Problem

China’s Unthinkable Population Problem - Long Views: The Long Now Blog

We struggle to lower the birth rate, and then as soon as we do, the economists panic because their myth of infinite growth is threatened. You get, OMG, an aging population that isn't as good as consumer fodder and actually wants services back from the economy.

Countries, like Italy and Malaysia, try to increase their birth rate by giving financial incentives. And if they succeed, then what? About face and panic about the population problem?

I applaud China for not giving in to the economists and for maintaining their one child policy. It's those same economists that got us into our current bind.

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