Something occurred to me when I came across Glenn Reynolds’s link to a New York Times article about China’s change of government heart regarding its one-child policy. After having forced women to have IUDs implanted, with resulting health problems, the government has decided it needs more people and is now moving to have the IUDs removed. Says documentary filmmaker Ai Xiaoming:
In the eyes of the government, women are labor units. When the country needs you to give birth, you have to do so. And when they don’t need you to give birth, you don’t.
That’s exactly right. Humanist-driven progressivism sees people as units to be managed. I’ll never forget a conversation I had with a pro-choice woman some years back. She was adamant that her view was all about the freedom of women, so I asked about China’s one-child policy. Her response: “Well, what do you expect them to do?”… meaning, to address their overpopulation problem.
To make you happier, government has to make you less human. It’s in the same line as government confiscating resources and distorting the market to retrain workers to fill the jobs that politicians declare necessary for their own political benefit. They know what’s best for us, and to implement that wisdom, we’re just cookie-cut shapes on a board.