China’s One-Child Policy

The one-child policy was adopted in 1979 to control the population in China. It is estimated that the policy eliminated 400,000,000 births by 2011. There were many claims of human rights violations because of forced abortions and unsafe IUD implants.

The policy restrictions have been relaxed over the years, allowing members of certain ethnic groups to have two children. In 2013, China relaxed the policy further to allow only child adults to have two children.

At times, couples that had a daughter failed to report the birth or offered the girl up for adoption. A son was valued over a daughter because a son is obligated to take care of his parents in old age and carry on the family name. This caused numerous females to be left in orphanages, many experiencing poor care.

The most shocking result of the one-child policy is the thousands of forced abortions in later months and even infanticide at birth. The reports of the 100 million missing girls suggests a high rate of infanticide.

Experts say that the one-child policy has created problems for China. Now, there is a reduced workforce that struggles to power the economy. With the shrinking workforce, China will have a hard time paying pensions to the growing aging population.

China’s workforce has declined steadily to 916 million workers, and they expect this decline to continue, while it is projected that the number of those aged 60 and over will reach 400 million or one-quarter of the population in the next 20 years.

It will be interesting to see how China deals with these issues. Perhaps outsourcing to Bangladesh?

One character in my book was a victim of the one-child policy. Jazz must devise a daring plan to help this woman return to the family that was forced to place her in hiding when she was a baby.

DOES THE ILLUMINATI REALLY EXIST?

Wikipedia states that the name Illuminati refers to the Bavarian Illuminati founded in 1776. A woman purportedly born into an American Illuminati family stated that the group was named several hundred years ago in Bavaria, Germany. The roots of the Illuminati are the order of the Knights Templar, Rosicrusians, Baphetomism, and Druidic cults. Illuminism evolved from combining principles of these groups.

It is claimed that ex-Illuminists confirmed the bloodlines of some of the wealthiest and most influential families that comprise the Illuminati and that many of these members are part of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderberg Group. According to other sources, the Illuminati function today as an organized society that influences governments and corporations.

An article written by Henry Makow Ph.D. describes the woman named “Svali” who was raised in the Illuminati and defected to reveal the truths around the modern secret society. Svali relayed in December 2000 the Illuminati’s plans for a financial collapse caused by their manipulations of financial institutions, stocks, and interest rates. The result would be financial panic worldwide and the subsequent control of people through finances. Sound familiar?

Part of the master plan of the Illuminati is said to be population control. This is the concept I used in my novel. I spend little time deliberating over the truth or fiction of an organized, controlling evil. I do, however, find these ideas intriguing and have had a lot of fun using them to weave twists and turns into my story.

I would love to hear what other people think about these conspiracy theories.