Tuesday, July 10, 2007

How Old-Fashioned, Yet Not

From Slate:

Nearly 2,000 officials have been caught violating China's one-child policy from 2000 to 2005. The list includes 21 lawmakers, 24 political advisers, 6 "senior intellectuals," and more than 100 entrepreneurs. "Rising incomes mean some newly rich can afford to break the rules and pay resulting fines." Some of the newly exposed violators were "found to have kept mistresses," leading to extra children. American offense: taking a mistress. Chinese offense: having a baby with your mistress.

Science Fiction, that's what I say. Old fashioned social norms colliding with futuristic problems like over-population.


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