Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Too Many Men

Due to coercive demographic policies and modern technology, a number of Asian states have dramatic imbalances between the number of boys and girls. According to Martin Walker, in China there are 120 male births for every 100 female births. "The imbalance is even higher in some locales," says Walker. "136 males to 100 females on the island of Hainan, an increasingly prosperous tourist resort, and 135 males to 100 females in central China’s Hubei Province. Similar patterns can be found in Taiwan, with 119 boys to 100 girls; Singapore, 118 boys to 100 girls; South Korea, 112 boys to 100 girls; and parts of India, 120 boys to 100 girls."

Why does this matter? Well, civilization requires on some very basic level the domestication of men, which is brought about institutionally via marriage, but more importantly through the influence of women. Rootless young men without wives will frequently devolve into thugs, criminals, and a revolutionary force that breeds instability.

Walker says, "The long-term implications of the gender imbalance are largely guesswork because there is no real precedent for imbalances on such a scale." In other words, we're entering uncharted territory, and no one really knows what's on the other side.


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