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Top 10 Things That Would Happen if Every Couple Had Just ONE CHILD


Thered be a Massive Gender Imbalance

Its an unfortunate fact that, in many, many countries, women are considered second

class citizens.

They cant work, cant drive, have no say in who they marry, suffer economic setbacks,

or just generally have to put up with guys acting like douches.

Most importantly, they are considered less valuable than men for jobs like agriculture

and industry.

Create a world where every couple is only allowed one child, and girl babies would find

themselves disappearing at a horrifying rate.

We know this, because its exactly what happened in China.

In the Middle Kingdom, women are expected to marry and then go care for their husbands


Theyre not expected to make money and support their families.

So poor, rural Chinese couples started aborting, killing, or abandoning baby girls.

The eventual result was a population with 30 million more men than women, and areas

so devoid of girls they resemble a dystopian sausage party.

Of course, Chinese society is unique.

Some countries, likely in the West, might turn out to value girls more than boys.

But, globally?

We hate to say it, but its baby girls wholl get the short end of the stick, leaving us

with way too many dudes for our planet to sustain.

While were on the subject


Kidnapping and Human Trafficking Would Rise

Remember when you were 14 and insecure and thought no girl would ever want to have sex

with you?

In a world with a gigantic gender imbalance, thats how millions and millions of grown

men would feel all their lives.

Unfortunately, young, insecure, angry men arent known for their restraint.

Faced with a dearth of opportunities for love, they may well embark on a crusade of raping

and kidnapping.

Before you descend on the comments to accuse us of having an anti-man agenda or whatever,

note that were drawing this conclusion from research into Chinas one child policy.

In 2016, CNN revealed a massive, terrifying network of human traffickers who snatch poor

girls from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos and sold them into marriage with sex-starved

Chinese men.

The report concluded this was a direct result of the one child policy.

This isnt a problem unique to China.

Unloved young men all over the world have a tendency to blame their ill-fortune with

girls on the girls themselves.

Look at Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger.

Combine that with a human mentality that craves sex, and its easy to see how trafficking

would skyrocket across a gender-imbalanced globe.


A Massive Increase in Abortions

If youre someone who thinks abortion is a bad thing, then youre not gonna like

this next one.

A global one child policy would lead to an unprecedented number of abortions being performed

across the planet.

As in China, almost all of these abortions would likely target baby girls.

Since ultrasound scans became cheap and easily accessible, parents in places like China,

India, and Saudi Arabia have aborted enough baby girls to populate a vast country.

In 1990, the Indian economist, Amartya Sen, estimated the number at 100 million worldwide.

And thats without the impetus of a one child policy outside China.

Apply it globally and tens of millions of baby girls would be terminated every single


Even in countries where boys arent favored over girls, the number of abortions would

inevitably rise.

Sick children, disabled childrenall would likely be aborted in this not-so-brave new


We havent even gotten to forced abortions yet.

If this policy were truly global, and really implemented, governments would have to ensure

no couple had a second child.

That would mean aborting any children accidentally conceived.

If the religious think its bad now, a one child world would see abortion scale heights

even the most-Leftest liberal would shudder to contemplate.


Empowering Women

After three entries demonstrating how unbelievably bad this would be for women, heres a silver

lining for the sisterhood.

In Chinas richer urban centers, the one child policy was far from a disaster for girls.

In fact, it may have had the opposite effect.

Educated Chinese women today are more empowered than at any point in history.

The reasons for this are brutally simple.

With far fewer women around, men have to compete extra hard for a mate.

This means women can kick back in the knowledge that they can get married at pretty much any

point in life, and have their pick of the bunch while theyre at it.

In China, this has translated to a generation of educated women who are putting their careers

and independence first, and leaving off settling down until theyre much older.

For middle class women in developing countries, a massive surplus of men could paradoxically

give them greater freedom than their moms and grandmas could ever have dreamed of.

Again, we should stress this upside will only benefit comparatively richer and better-educated

women living in urban areas.

But its still not something to be scoffed at.


Creating a Generation of Little Emperors

We all know someone who likes to go on about how entitled todays kids can be, and what

special snowflakes they are.

Oh boy, if that guy could only see the future generation a one child policy would bring.

Theres research from China that indicates a generation born without siblings can wind

up being so snowflake-y they make Millennials look like a burning ball of ambitious, white

hot fire.

The Chinese know them aslittle emperors’.

The idea is that all of them suffer only child syndrome.

Their parents have doted on them, given them everything they ever wanted, and now theyre

ill-equipped to deal with life in the real world.

While the perception is exaggerated, theres a snippet of truth behind it all.

A study by Australian economists, reported by NPR, showed that thelittle emperor

generation was more risk-averse, less optimistic, and less entrepreneurial than preceding generations.

In a world that relies on dynamic ideas and innovation to spur its economy onwards, thats

a massive problem.

Its impossible to calculate what effects a generation like this would have on the planet.

But if you believe entitled Millennials are dragging the country down, then a global generation

of little emperors is probably gonna feel like the apocalypse.


A Massive Increase in Government Bureaucracy

Lets say the world took this one child policy very seriously.

That would mean rewriting lots of laws, and likely amending the American Constitution,

to make it workable.

But its one thing declaring something law.

Its another enforcing it.

Just ask China.

At the height of their one child policy, the state was forced to employ half a million

people full time, and 85 million half time to ensure no one broke the one child limit.

Thats the equivalent of the entire populations of France and Taiwan combined, just monitoring

birth rates.

It gets crazier.

In a typical Chinese village of 500, the state was forced to employ 16 staff purely to monitor

local couples.

In other words, monitoring this policy in a single country required expanding the states

role massively.

For anyone living in a relatively small-state country, the shock would be jarring in the


Even for those used to living in statist countries, the sheer volume of bureaucracy required would

be staggering.

For example, many in the EU (population 508 million, slightly less than half that of China)

like to complain about the crazy number of bureaucrats employed by Brussels.

That number currently sits at around 46,000, less than 0.1% of the number of bureaucrats

China required to police its one child policy.


Brutal Punishments

While were on the subject of enforcement, do you have any idea how hard it is to convince

a couple to stop after just one child?

Really, really hard.

The sort of punishments the state would have to be prepared to dole out to those who broke

the limit would be brutal in the extreme.

Just the most basic laws required to make the policy work would likely classify as cruel

and unusual punishment.

In China, women who became pregnant a second time were made to undergo forced abortions.

While this is brutal, there would be few practical alternatives.

On top of that, legislators would feel the need to send out a harsh message.

When it wanted to put people off raising families, Beijing brought in compulsory sterilization

for those who violated the one child policy.

They hit other families with massive fines.

Property was confiscated.

And even then, some couples still risked popping out an extra baby.

If all of this sounds barbaric, thats because it is.

But other governments wouldnt be able to do much better if they were serious about


The worst regimes would probably bring in truly horrific punishments like torture and

execution for violators.

Essentially, wanting to become a mother would make you into a wanted criminal.


Chaos in the Social System

Have you ever heard of the 4-2-1 problem?

Its something China has been struggling to cope with for a while now.

Basically, a state provides for its elderly by ensuring there are more workers than those

out of work.

Either the workers themselves take care of their elderly relatives, as was traditionally

the case in China, or their taxes go towards pensions and housing for the elderly.

Its how the entire 20th century social system works.

In a one child world, though, things get trickier.

This is where the problem comes in.

Instead of having a working family to provide for an elderly grandparent, China is increasingly

looking at a future where one worker is expected to provide for two parents and four grandparents

(hence 4-2-1).

It doesnt take a genius to figure out that this poses a massive problem.

As a result, theres a real danger that living standards will crash for the workers

of the future.

In Western societies, this would manifest with workers having to work longer hours and

more years to keep the elderly population afloat.

Pensioners, in turn, would see their pensions shrink and life become harder.


A More Sustainable World

So, a one child policy can cause economic and social chaos.

But can it also be a good thing?

Some research suggests it could be.

In 2014, a team of researchers showed that a moderately low birth rate can lead to an

economic boom for wealthier countries.

Unfortunately, a strict one child policy chucks out themoderatelypart of that sentence.

Yet there are still advantages.

As we mentioned in our opening paragraph, our planet is getting crazy-crowded.

Were at the stage right now where its like were in the Black Hole of Calcutta.

Only, instead of screaminghelp, were suffocating here!” were content to just

let the world keep on shoving more and more people into our tiny living space.

This is inevitably gonna lead to major societal collapse at some point.

A global one child policy could put the brakes on this, hard.

In China alone, one generation of one child laws stopped 300 million extra people from

being born.

Multiply that by the current population of the world, and we could save ourselves around

2 billion extra mouths to feed.


Eventual Extinction

Now its time to descend into the delightful depths of reductio ad absurdum for this final


Given that weve hypothetically constructed a world where every single government has

agreed to monitor a strict one child policy, lets follow it down the road for a few


First wed see global population growth slow dramatically.

Then it would level out.

Then it would start to contract, slowly at first, but then faster and faster and faster.

Flash forward some 33 generations, and we humans would have bred ourselves out of existence.

Think about it.

If each couple can only have one child, thats two people who will grow old and die, leaving

only onereplacementhuman behind.

That kid will then hook up with another only child, and have an single child with her.

Then theyll both die and leave only one replacement.

From an initial two couples (four people), weve already bred ourselves down to a single


Eventually, the last couple would have one child, who would have no one to mate with,

and would die without passing on his or her genes.

The human race would be over.

Incredibly, not everyone thinks this is a bad idea.

Theres even a group called the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, who believe its

our duty to stop reproducing and kill our species.

If youre reading this in a Children of Men-style hellscape many years into the future,

dont say we didnt warn you.

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