Under the collectivist philosophy, the individual has no independent existence or value. He is merely one of many indistinguishable, disposable cells within the "social organism." It is the group that has primacy.
The abolition of China's 35-year-old one-child policy closes one of the darkest chapters in the country's history. Millions of abortions, sterilizations and infanticides later, its chickens are coming home to roost.
As a steady, international body of research is showing, growing up with siblings offers children a matchless context in which they learn about relationships, social engagement, sharing, ownership, identity, conflict resolution, and problem solving.
How come Tallahassee doesn't ban contracts with companies doing business with China, too? Why just Cuba and Syria? Silly question, because with a Chinese ban, virtually no businesses could do business with Florida governments.
With the eyes of the world watching, China must allow Chen and his family to live in freedom. Critically, the nation must also heed widespread calls to repeal the One-Child Policy, whose victims are largely voiceless.
China says it has stepped up its efforts to rescue human trafficking victims over the past year, but the irony is inescapable: if the Chinese government had halted its harsh and brutal enforcement of the One-Child Policy, human trafficking would be a much less severe problem than it is now.
If you could only have one child, would you prefer a boy or a girl? 40 percent of Americans prefer to have a son and only 26 percent a girl. This is the result of the Gallup poll of 1947 and -- hold your breath -- of 2011.