I have been away from blogging for the last little while due to a number of exams, essays and projects for school. I am taking a second degree in History at Carleton University, and I intend to post on that later. As for now, I am MAD! I don’t need Hot Air’s Allahpundit to tell me that this is lunacy, but it was his post that alerted me to this nonsense. The “real inconvenient truth” is that the author of this article lacks the intelligence to see that what she is saying is nonsense.
Diane Francis, a columnist for the Financial Post, wrote an article advocating a Chinese-style one-child policy for the Western world to help fight climate change. I have written on this kind of nonsensical thinking before, one article in particular has become one of my more popular posts for Northern Thoughts and Reflections, and seeing how I have not only educated myself about this controversial policy, but have seen first hand how “effective” the One-child policy has been in China, I felt it necessary to send this twit an email. This is the email I sent her…
Are you mad?
“China has proven that birth restriction is smart policy. Its middle class grows, all its citizens have housing, health care, education and food, and the one out of five human beings who live there are not overpopulating the planet.”
Have you been to China? Have you seen what “housing”, “health care”, education, etc? Of course not. You obviously don’t have any experience in this country, or even a grip on reality. Your column is nothing short of ignorant, extremely naive and downright dangerous.
Having taught it China, having spent a year in Nantong, I can tell you that the One-child policy has little, if not no impact on the growth of the middle class. The English language, foreign investment, the sacrifice of the past generations to work for whatever wages they can to afford to send their children to better schools, etc has done more for the country than a controversial policy.
I have written about this issue on my blog, and I suggest you do some research before jumping on this bandwagon…
WAKE UP! You look foolish advocating for this as a mother of two. Not only that, you also shame not only the Financial Post, but all Canadians with this kind of nonsense.
Diane Francis’ email address is email@example.com and I recommend my readers to follow suit and send her an email reminding her about how stupid this kind of thinking is.
As I mentioned in the email, I find this offensive, especially as a Canadian. We spend so much time trying to convince Americans and people from other countries that we are friendly with that we don’t have these kind of beliefs, that we aren’t naive or foolish and that we are educated. I have said on numerous occasions that stereotypical depictions of Canadians as these far left ideologues are just not true, and yet, here is Diane undermining us. Mrs. Francis is one of the reasons why so few refuse to take Canadians seriously.
As Allahpundit pointed out, it is the developing world that is fueling this population explosion. Instead of blaming the developed world, why not address the damage they are doing? Jim Geraghty of the National Review Online was right in pointing out that this twit, who is advocating for a one-child policy in the West, is a mother of two. It doesn’t surprise me in the least that a person advocating such a radical position would be a hypocrite as well, that seems to be par for the course with the environmental movement doesn’t it? With Climategate still unfolding, with more information getting out about the fraudulent practices of these climate scientists “hiding the decline”, it shouldn’t be surprising that a twit like Mrs. Francis would come out and propose another radical solution to a non-existent problem.
The “real inconvenient truth” of this whole fiasco is fueled by this kind of fringe radical thinking, that “saving the planet” is simply an excuse for these people to propose such extreme social measures. If they really want to save the planet, why aren’t they willing to follow their own advice, why aren’t they willing to lead by example? I doubt “Dimwit Diane” would ever be standing in line to be sterilized to “do her part”, not this mother of two… Pathetic…