This report, dated May 21st, comes to us from Reuters news service.

A group of over 10,000 peasants in southwestern Red China attacked government officials, trying to enforce their blood "one-child only" population policy. The Communists have been forcing the nation's citizens to have small families, enforcing their will by mandatory contraception and forced abortions.

The angry villagers, at one point, burned cars, attacked police and even set fire to a part of the main government building. Protests have been increasing throughout Red China for some time now, usually on the increasing gap between rich and poor.

Chesterton said it best. "'Birth control' is neither birth, nor is it control!" Distributism is pro-life and pro-child from the word "Go!" Those who advocate the horrid practices of forced abortion and so-called "family planning" should be ashamed of themselves. Alas, for many, their consciences are seared.

But for those who still have living consciences, let them continue their efforts to protect life and the traditional family. Let them learn about Distributism and apply it to wherever they live, so that what is happening in Red China may not happen to them.


Jonathan Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 11:15:00 AM CDT  

I spent a couple months in southwest China in 2005, and while there spent most of my time at a rural university attended primarily by students from rural, peasant backgrounds. Many of the students I met had siblings, being from rural areas. One student told me about a family in his village who continued to have children, much to the consternation of the local politicos. Despite fines and ostracization from government services, the family ended up with several kids, all of whom went off, made decent livings, and sent a good bit back to their parents, making them now the wealthiest people in the village!

I found that many students, while reluctant, obviously, to criticize the State, were quite adamant about environmental abuses perpetrated under the 'New China' overseen by the State: degraded rivers, degraded forests, poor air, and the like. For rural people whose connection to the land goes back centuries, seeing the land and water polluted by State-supported capitalists strikes a very sensitive nerve.

Most Chinese, particularly rural Chinese, are pretty conservative people: they aren't out for a massive revolution or anything. But 'family-planning' policies, environmental destruction, and government corruption and abuse of all sorts may be enough to eventually push lots of people over the edge. One would hope that eventually China can see a more just social and economic order, along more Distributivist lines.

Post a Comment

  © Blogger template Werd by 2009

Back to TOP