"Western scholars are inclined to blame the one-child policy for forced abortions, female infanticide, the under-reporting of female births and so on. These issues were deadly serious but they resulted less from the policy than from the nature of Chinese patriarchy ... Tragedies and abuses, some of them heart-breaking, don't obscure the fact that in China we had, and have, too many people."
You've identified the problem, Professor, but that does nothing to justify the rotten solution your government came up with. But one of the problems of living in a totalitarian state is that even when you are a scholar - or perhaps particularly when you take on that mantle - analysing flaws in government policy is not allowed; only trying to deflect the blame for their mistakes is allowed, (that damn patriarchy).
Anyway, there I was all ready to give up on the horrible rag when the editors did that thing they do; they published something by August Kleinzahler. They save him up for when you are at the end of your tether, and usually they provide a poem. This time they took more drastic measures and wheeled out a whole long beautiful memoir of a poet friend of his. Here it is. It is one of the most lovely things I've read in a while. If you subscribe to the London Review of Books, the magazine may drive you nuts 87 per cent of the time, but occasionally it will provide this kind of salve to the soul: