China gives Boomers new weapon in screwing the young

By J. DeVoy

In China, you must visit your aged parents “often” – a term intentionally bereft of definition – or they may sue you. Source.

Elderly Chinese parents, feeling ignored or neglected by their children, may now sue their spawn if they feel they do not receive enough attention.  Depending on how the law is written, “feelings” – including weak and hypersensitive ones – may dictate liability for young people who have better things to do.

I would not be surprised to see this law adapted in some way in the United States.  Already, Boomer-controlled companies are complaining that school debt-saddled youngs aren’t forking over enough money for their inferior products.  Without young people to buy houses and inflate the value of the primary nest-egg investment of middle-aged and older people, old people are going to have trouble generating revenue later in life.  When all else fails, why wouldn’t they sue their children?

The Chinese legislation was passed based on a small handful of sensational examples – such as a woman living in a pig pen – within a country of more than 1 billion people.  To China, America is a rounding error.  Thus, the problem, while sensationally framed, likely is statistically insignificant – and likely even more irrelevant here.  Yet, if the media starts pushing the elder abuse meme in America, I would expect similarly punitive “neglect” laws enacted in some states, if not federally.

6 Responses to China gives Boomers new weapon in screwing the young

  1. blueollie says:

    I thought that the “baby boom” was particular to the United States; I was unaware of the birthrates in China.

    • J DeVoy says:

      There’s a huge issue of a massive “graying” demographic in China and Japan. Japan doesn’t have a one-child policy, but has a generation of men uninterested in traditional society, including having jobs and families (check out the “herbivore” phenomenon in Japan, it’s very interesting in light of how militant the country was 70 years ago).

      China’s situation is a bit more artificial due to the one-child policy (though, as with everything, that can be waived if you have enough money). The slow population growth caused by the one-child policy in addition to a significant existing population could threaten China’s real, actual, not-government-reported economic growth in the future. See http://www.economist.com/node/18651512

  2. The Chinese government must be the first national government happy to have the elderly mining their kids for revenue.

    But if each successive generation does this, eventually everyone in China will be wildly rich!

  3. Mrs. DeVoy says:

    My dear, sweet, little Jay, your father and I feared this would happen because we didn’t beat you enough as a young child. He tole me, “spare the rod and spoil the child,” but I said, “no, don’t beat him.” I knew you needed it, but I couldn’t bear the sound of leather striking your naked buttocks.

    I’m sorry, Jay. It’s all my fault.

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