Monday, January 10, 2011

We All Need A One-Child Policy

According to Ted Turner, at least. Geez, how did I miss this one for a month? Thanks to Greg for pointing it out.

Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, called on world leaders Sunday to address the global warming crisis by drastically reducing the number of people on the planet. Maintaining that the very future of humanity was at stake, Turner urged immediate action: "If we're going to be here [as a species] 5,000 years from now, we're not going to do it with seven billion people," said Turner, who went on to propose the immediate adoption of a global one-child policy.

The media mogul has long been infatuated with Chinese-style "family planning." Appearing on National Public Radio on May 7th of this year, he praised the Chinese government for "wisely institut[ing] . the one-child family policy, . put[ting] in penalties, tax penalties and so forth, for people that have more than one child."

Now the father of five, who has often publicly regretted having so many children, wants to extend China's policy to the rest of us.

Turner makes it clear that he is not proposing an unplanned pregnancy be viewed as a criminal act, and that women who violate his one-child policy should not be forced to have abortions and sterilizations. In fact, he flatly denies that such things happen in China at all, instead claiming that the Beijing regime has enforced the policy "without, as far as I can see, Draconian steps."

Is it just me, or are just about all of the billionaires out there completely crazy? Having a billion dollars might be a sweet deal, but I'm not sure that I'm willing to sacrifice my sanity in order to get it. Between Turner wanting everyone to be like China, Soros's apparent embrace of euthanasia/eugenics, Phil Knight's endorsement of Oregon's football uniforms, etc., you have to wonder what it is about money that rots the brain.

1 comment:

haskovec said...

Jim Rogers seems sane, I always wondered how he managed to work with Soros since he isn't crazy.