When China officially eased its "one-child" policy last week, it didn't end it - nor did it acknowledge the error of the draconian measure. But we should, because currently, socialism is ascendant in our political sphere and central planners are busy telling us that they know better.
The one-child policy is the logical outcome of those philosophies.
When the government decides who should have what, then eventually, government will tell us who should have children. The horror that accompanies such a policy is unspeakable.
The Washington Post has an investigative piece that should be read by everyone who, like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, speak blithely of the U.S.S.R.'s and China's forward-thinking and progressive policies.
"His wife was seven months pregnant with their second child when the group of people barged into his home and took her away," the Post reports. "He followed them to the local hospital, where - against medical advice and despite his pleadings - they jammed a needle into her belly."
And 10 hours later, she gave birth.
"But the doctors in southern Hunan province would not even let her hold the dying infant, the husband said," the Post wrote. "They put the baby in a plastic bag and instructed him to pay a cleaner a small sum to bury it on a nearby hill. The incident happened not during the horrors of some Mao Zedong-inspired mania in the 1950s or 1960s but in 2011, in the Internet age and when China was walking proudly on the global stage as a major power."
Forced abortion was common - and because the policy is only eased, allowing some women a second child, it likely still will be. In 2012 alone, according to the Post, 6.7 million women were forced to abort their children. In some of the policy's 35 years, that number has topped 10 million.
It doesn't end there. The Chinese culture and its brutal economics lead many families to secretly kill their own newborn daughters. They need sons to care for them in their old age, they feel. This has led to a dramatic dearth of young, marriageable females. Two generations of young men have no hope of ever marrying and having a family of their own.
One lawyer spoke out against the policy. But Chen Guangcheng was jailed for his crime of opposing the policy. He escaped to the United States, and is now a lecturer at the Catholic University of America.
"He says a powerful, violent system grew up around the one-child policy, creating a climate of fear and destroying the traditional value that was placed on human life," the Post explained. "Official promotions were tied to family-planning success, and slogans on how it would be better to have ‘bloody rivers than extra births' summed up the brutality by which the policy was enforced."
Of course, Mrs. Clinton and Sanders have criticized China on human rights. They're not advocates of this kind of policy.
But even as socialism and government control come into vogue, let's remember where it leads, as history demonstrates.