I'm was born in China in 1978. So the one child policy was something that was just always there, like the air. I never considered it in moral terms until coming to live in Australia. Most western (especially Caucasian) people I meet consider it a demonstration of lack of human rights. I'm actually getting quite sick of hearing that. So I ask: In today's overpopulated world can China or indeed the Earth afford a China without the one Child policy? First, China's demand on automobiles and therefore oil is increasing at alarming rates. More people means more need for transportation. Second, China's electricity output is already just barely keeping up with demand. One of the big reasons for daming the three gorges. So do we really want more nuclear power plants? Third, China's agriculture output is not yet up to western standards. They can only provide 60% of their food requirements and import 40%. Currently China has about 1.3 billion people and the one child policy has been in effect for almost 25 years. If it wasn't enacted, can you imagine what the country would be like. So my view is: The people who condemn the policy don't know what they're critisizing and are holding onto an ideal without considering the practical implications. So I've presented my case. I'm open to listening to the opposing view if they're well argued. But please spare me the "Communist China is evil so everything they do is wrong" arguement.