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Facing Baby Bust, South Korea Reverses Course

South Korean children prepare for Christmas (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The idea that children are a burden instead of a blessing, that they are a drain on resources instead of the means by which to increase resources, is one of the worst ideas ever to roll out of the Leftist brain. It’s given us, among other horrors, the abortion lobby and the European “migrant” crisis. Now, some countries are finally waking up to the inhumanity of it all:

Back in the 1970s and ’80s, when the South Korean government was focused on alleviating poverty, Kim Chung-jae and other health officials toured villages to persuade couples to practice birth control. They distributed condoms and birth control pills. They asked women to have tubectomies and men to have vasectomies, offering incentives like sacks of flour for wives and exemptions from army reserve training for husbands. Those willing were taken to clinics to have the procedures.

“The Home Ministry set a quota on how many men and wives we should persuade to have a vasectomy or tubectomy,” Mr. Kim said. “No public servant serious about his career could ignore it.”

Fast-forward to 2015, and Mr. Kim and his colleagues are doing exactly the opposite: trying to persuade couples to have more babies. They hand out monthly cash allowances and deliver boxes of beef and baby clothes to families with newborns. They place newspaper ads welcoming the births. They offer the service of Confucian scholars to come up with propitious names for babies.

By the time Haenam, like South Korea as a whole, realized that its birth control policies had been too effective for its own good, the task of reversing the drop in fertility proved far more complex than anticipated.

The topic here is children, but the larger point is worth making: the Leftist project, so fundamentally anti-human that it regards human exhalation as a planet-threatening pollutant, is simply evil.