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One for all

A new book on China’s one-child policy fails to deliver

On a cold night in October last year, the leaders of China announced the end of the one-child policy in Beijing, one of the most profound and largescale experiments that a government has imposed on its people.

My generation is not the only product of the one-child policy. For many, the policy, which came into effect in China in 1980, has already dictated their family structure. People don’t just start reproducing when the state says they can. Some of my older friends wanted more children, but now they mostly say they’ve long given up on the idea.

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In Prospect’s February issue: Lawrence Summers questions Robert J Gordon’s thesis on the impact of the digital revolution, John Sawers, the former Chief of MI6, highlights how technology is making the work of spies harder and Frank Furedi examines the student movements demanding protection from the offensive and uncomfortable. Also in this issue: Gershom Gorenberg on Israel, Ben Judah on the complexity of London and Elizabeth Pisani on the impact of fake drugs. Plus Sam Tanenhaus on Obama’s gun control plans.
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