Total driving depravity

Drivers in China who have a traffic accident often back over injured pedestrians in order to intentionally kill them. This shockingly depraved disregard of life is encouraged by the compensation laws.  According to Geoffrey Sant, writing in Slate,

Most people agree that the hit-to-kill phenomenon stems at least in part from perverse laws on victim compensation. In China the compensation for killing a victim in a traffic accident is relatively small—amounts typically range from $30,000 to $50,000—and once payment is made, the matter is over. By contrast, paying for lifetime care for a disabled survivor can run into the millions.

More on this phenomenon after the jump. [Read more...]

China replaces one-child policy with two-child policy

The Chinese Communist party announced that it is lifting its one-child policy, which led to the forced abortion of millions of children.

Not that the party is becoming pro-life:  The policy led to a demographic mess, with an imbalance of more men than women (girls being most frequently aborted) and a shortage of new workers that threatens the nation’s economic growth.  Nor is the party embracing any kind of freedom, in which couples can choose how many children they have.  Now married couples will be allowed to have two children, but no more.

After the jump, excerpts and a link to a rather remarkable article in the usually pro-abortion Washington Post about the “horrors” of the one-child policy. [Read more...]

The epic cybersecurity fail

A hacker–probably connected to the Chinese government–has hacked into the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, stealing personal records on some 21 million federal employees.  The stolen information includes the results of security clearances, as well as coercion material on people with security clearances, meaning that this is an intelligence disaster.  Nebraska freshman Senator Ben Sasse, perhaps my highest-ranking personal acquaintance, has written perceptively about this in Wired Magazine, no less.  Excerpt and link after the jump.

(HT to Anthony Sacramone, whom you should also read on the subject.) [Read more...]

Free trade with higher wage countries & the China card

As Democrats make a political point of rejecting the free trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership–to the point of defying the Democratic President–Charles Lane clears up the disinformation being spread about the treaty.

He says that, contrary to the rhetoric,  it won’t lose American jobs by sending industries to lower-wage countries.  Our biggest partners in this agreement, who would open their markets to us, would be Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  All of which pay  higher wages than the United States!  There are low-wage countries in the pact, such as Mexico and Peru, but we already have free trade agreements with them!

Also, in a column criticizing Hillary Clinton for being silent on a treaty she helped to create, Robert Kagan gives the underlying strategic reason for the Trans-Pacific Partnership:  forging an alliance to counter China. [Read more...]

Totalitarianism reconsidered

Some intellectuals are arguing that democracy cannot effectively address climate change–and, indeed, makes it worse–and that what we need to save the planet  is to eliminate political freedom and to turn towards a totalitarian government.  Others don’t go quite that far, but they hold up as the role model for effective government the People’s Republic of China.  (Never mind that China has the worst pollution on the planet!)

After the jump, an excerpt that demonstrates this from a study of the “Sustainability” ideology by the conservative academic organization the National Association of Scholars.

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Birth tourism

Children born inside the borders of the United States are automatically American citizens.  This has created a practice known as “birth tourism,” in which pregnant women from other countries come to the United States to give birth, thus giving the baby American citizenship.  This has become a major industry in China.  But the reason is not just easy immigration when the child grows up.  The Chinese are using the practice to sidestep the “one child” policy, which requires forced abortion if a couple has more than one child.  If the second child is an American, the policy does not apply. [Read more...]


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