One Child Policy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver discusses China’s one-child policy, and all its consequences, intended and not.
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  1. Meir Bright

    Meir Bright

    преди 4 часа

    The irony of this video is that the West actrually want China have population control.

  2. Christopher Justice

    Christopher Justice

    преди 7 часа

    The Soviet Union was overthrown by a bunch of singing Estonians. The PRC is probably gonna be overthrown by a bunch of angry incels.

  3. Don Iguana

    Don Iguana

    преди 15 часа

    China dont gove a fuuuuuuuck about its people

  4. sunningdale


    преди 19 часа

    I would recommend checking out a documentary called 'One Child Nation' that was made about the Chinese One Child Policy. It explores female infanticide and child trafficking rings that sprung up to send the abandoned babies to orphanages for foreign adoption.

  5. Yeti or Not

    Yeti or Not

    преди 19 часа

    This may unequivocally be the darkest argument for Universal Birth Control I've ever seen.

  6. Alexander Zheng

    Alexander Zheng

    преди ден

    He missed out on exactly WHY China had to adapt the one child policy. In essence, Mao encouraged people women especially to have more kids to support the communist party. The people did what was encouraged and the population boomed. In fact it boomed so much that China could no longer support its growing population. So to limit that the Chinese enacted the one child policy.

  7. Bas van Diepen

    Bas van Diepen

    преди ден

    17:45 Is that why they released the corona virus? (COVID-19)

  8. Muhammad bin Shakil MbS

    Muhammad bin Shakil MbS

    преди 2 дни

    Poor men have their needs

  9. Muhammad bin Shakil MbS

    Muhammad bin Shakil MbS

    преди 2 дни

    Single men with nothing 2 do

  10. Jacob Katz

    Jacob Katz

    преди 2 дни

    Just another reason why China is a horrible place. The government is purely evil and couldn’t give less of a fuck about an individual citizen. I would honestly rather live in Syria.

  11. MarioTGP


    преди 2 дни

    That asian feminist can duck off, women are nothing but baby making machines and that's it, prove me wrong

  12. Yo Yo

    Yo Yo

    преди 3 дни

    John's female writers are my heros

  13. Maryke Wiese

    Maryke Wiese

    преди 4 дни

    But isn't population control a sensible idea since the world is becoming over populated?

  14. Gabriela MM

    Gabriela MM

    преди 4 дни

    That's a nightmare

  15. Pink Freud

    Pink Freud

    преди 4 дни

    Honestly everytime I hear this "1 child policy" I think I have gone off to lala-delusional-land. Hello? Women not registered as citizens, cannot marry + male over-population lacking female citizens to potentially marry. D'oh, step 1 of resolution. Step 2: Hmmm, where did all those orphanage female children get to? Step 3: There is the whole entire rest of the world out there boys! And in it are many of the lost children of China given away to International adoption (just make sure to check that she is not your sister! DNA tests asap!), and indeed there are also people from many Communist allied countries too (if that is a requirement demanded by State). Better yet: just start finding your abandoned sisters and brothers across the world...just because they are your missing family!!! And who knows, maybe your best friend or neighbour and your lost sister might just end up hitting it off.

  16. Josny13


    преди 4 дни

    3:21 You mean no-body to do 7:36 No grownups of any caliber were "good quality" children. Humans are more like wine. They get better over time. 20:10 This sounds too much like China brought out a new "Family" update and is somehow proud to allow people to have a second child. Like nobody was able to until they said it was allowed. "Family Patch 2.0 Has finally been released! Everyone gets an additional child character slot! Fill them fast though you don't want to be a loser, right? This new slot will allow you to boost your Family rating! We think this will allow people to enjoy the game of life so much more! Note: Characters deleted because of the lack of character slots can not be regained."

  17. PumpkinEskobarr


    преди 5 дни

    Damn, all those damn single men in China... why not just let women have multiple husbands and allow a 1-child per spouse. That would expand the family, the household income, loosen reliance on outside childcare, help close ratio wise # of young to old and expand that support of siblings near same age. I’m an only child and the thought of taking care of my divorce aging parents is creeping up and scares me. And to make it worse, they in 2 different countries. 🤦🏽‍♀️

  18. PumpkinEskobarr


    преди 5 дни

    How is China so over populated but got took by several tiny nations? Japan, UK, other European countries. China had gun... powder, germs and steel and the numbers!. Why didn’t that give them a competitive edge?

  19. PumpkinEskobarr


    преди 5 дни

    I can count on one hand how many times I heard or saw something that made me pause, cover my mouth and pace the room in shock. And learning about that woman’s forced abortion of a 9-Month pregnancy has made it to my list. This is one of the reasons I don’t want abortion legalize or do want let it remain a constant debate remain ongoing. I want it to abortion to remain taboo and no treated like a bad constipation (seriously you can pick up pills easily like fucking laxatives 😒) It’s not about life at conception religious reasons, it’s I’m paranoid at the strong possibility of a snowball affect into forced population control forced abortions. And it almost always targets the minority low income groups. Each race, nation or culture has their own heirachy structure so americans black, white and brown is nothing new. It’s just well a documented ongoing experiment.

  20. Choi'Story


    преди 5 дни

    If not coronavirus, the aftermath of one child policy might wreck China. Countries like Japan, too, are ageing dramatically, and it is financially very burdening. But, China is not as wealthy as those countries to withstand the problem of fast ageing population.

  21. Rising Horizon Gaming

    Rising Horizon Gaming

    преди 5 дни

    America needs to just fucking declare war already and fucking end that oppressive government

    • ShreddingBlood


      преди 3 дни

      Let them destroy themselves. Besides, we'd only make it worse

    • ShreddingBlood


      преди 3 дни

      Let them destroy themselves. Besides, we'd only make it worse

  22. Nic Stroud

    Nic Stroud

    преди 5 дни

    The Chinese government now wants people to have two children but some people are content with one. Some people however are going over that limit. Solution = Cap and trade. :-)

  23. AyoByron


    преди 6 дни

    Coronavirus should solve this problem

  24. SerLaama


    преди 6 дни

    It's painful how obviously the program is aimed at pleasing young, liberal women.

  25. Oliver


    преди 6 дни

    Now with Corona virus lockdown in China, 700 million people can't go freely. Maybe this would generate a population boom since many people have many free times but can't go outside because of this. Condom stocks are running out both in the store and in the house :).

  26. Ipsum Contumelia

    Ipsum Contumelia

    преди 7 дни

    “Are you gonna have a boy or an abortion?”

  27. MrBizaaro


    преди 7 дни

    OMG ! so almost a generation went without having brothers or sisters ?

  28. 刘翔


    преди 7 дни

    and i agree that how policies are carried out and how little thought were given to policy making is a problem in this country

  29. 刘翔


    преди 7 дни

    as a chinese man, i have to urge you to respect our cultural diversity. even i didn't get what the fuck that kid was singing about.

  30. iunary


    преди 9 дни

    XDDDDD oh Yeah "silicon women being made because the policy makers didnt care about what their politics did to REAL ones" ... What do you think those dolls are WOMEN? do you think those dolls are being made because the Men of chinae are OH SO unaffected? holy shit you are quite biased sometimes....

  31. I.B.M. do u?

    I.B.M. do u?

    преди 10 дни

    20,000 Chen?! Good lord. As hilarious as that name is, WTF is happening to the world right now.

  32. Sami Mas

    Sami Mas

    преди 10 дни

    "[The day of Judgement] when the baby girl buried alive is asked for what sin she was killed" -ALLAH

  33. mitsos76


    преди 11 дни

    In Greece 1 out of 4 citizens is allready over 60 yrs old. And politicians talk about a coming growth. Europe's odlest living nation is rapidly dying and Europe "friends" (+USA) has a lot to do with it (feeding a mad "neighbor")

  34. Lulaire Noroub

    Lulaire Noroub

    преди 12 дни

    As an Australian, I can say with certainty, American animals are as scary or scarier. Crocodiles? Alligators Sharks? Bears, aka land sharks. Also, sharks Spiders? Spiders Snakes? Snakes Plus y'all have wolves, mountain lions, coyotes, and of the other wild animals that can kill you in Red Dead Redemption. The only edge we have is some more deadly snakes and jelly fish, and I'd take that over a bear attack any day

  35. Lulaire Noroub

    Lulaire Noroub

    преди 12 дни

    I guess boomers ducked everything up in China too

  36. Franz Rieger Bremen

    Franz Rieger Bremen

    преди 13 дни

    Yeah it would have been way more humane to let the chinese masses starve in the 80s instead of trying to limit population growth. Evil communists should learn from the West!

  37. HailMammon Moments

    HailMammon Moments

    преди 18 дни

    That Disney video had racial cringe, sure, but it must have been truly terrifying to all the companies that want disposable labor even cheaper than China’s. Obviously there has never been anything racist about telling people ‘it’s a bad idea to have more children than you can feed/there are jobs for’...but it’s also obvious that the planners knew a one child policy in a misogynistic culture would result in more men than women, thus more disposable party thugs.

  38. Astro Wolvez

    Astro Wolvez

    преди 18 дни

    I can only guess because they're communism and want a purity race, but I wonder why with how many men there are to women they don't learn another language and breech out to other countries to look for women to marry. (I know there's tons of women here in America who would gladly date and marry a businesses man, especially if he was successful and had money).

  39. Astro Wolvez

    Astro Wolvez

    преди 18 дни

    I tried a diva cup once and it got stuck and I have to get it out with one of those baby diaper pins. Never again. I can only guess they're not suitable for virgin vaginas. I mean they have a size for women who've had babies. So.

  40. FourTees


    преди 18 дни

    I used to think a global one child policy was the answer to global warming. Now...not so much.

  41. VMEcycle6


    преди 19 дни

    5:39 "The policy is crafted by military scientists" Well I didn't know 马寅初 was a "military scientist" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Yinchu Do your own research John.

  42. Abdullah Muhammad

    Abdullah Muhammad

    преди 19 дни

    Peasants in my region who were not able to pay the fine would get their homes demolish. I am from northwest China, Turk ethnicity, the policy for minority ethnic groups were two children per family, which stays unchanged until today.

  43. Adrian


    преди 19 дни

    Why is his blazer creeping up on him?

  44. DraculaCronqvist


    преди 19 дни

    The one-child policy is the only reasonable thing to do if humanity at large wants to survive. However, it is simply wrong that if that one child happens to be female, it should be aborted or killed.

  45. Aliaa Khayat

    Aliaa Khayat

    преди 19 дни

    What is your suggestion then for preventing Chinese overgrowth all over the world

    • Adrian


      преди 19 дни

      Winnie the Flue

  46. Viki Ai

    Viki Ai

    преди 20 дни

    A few interesting extra info bits from a Chinese friend (that don't have a baring on the story, or the horrible aspects of the policy): - Twins/triplets/etc. were not /supposed to be/ punished (so it was technically a 'one birth' policy, though 'one child policy' is the correct name as that is how it was 'marketed'). - Of the roughly 50 'races' that China recognizes among its people, the 10 least populous were exempt, and two (IIRC) which were considered 'endangered' were even subsidized to have larger families. These peoples were a quite small portion of the population (I have no idea how a 'mixed' marriage would sort out.) - The urban wealthy, at least by the late 1980's were often in a position to consider the fines for having a second child as a 'cost of having children' (a small but notable number of my students across the 2000-2006 time frame openly had a sibling).

  47. Yu KangHee

    Yu KangHee

    преди 20 дни

    Incredibly attractive

  48. Some random Person

    Some random Person

    преди 21 ден

    11:33 he just went from joking around to 100 quick

  49. yue min qin

    yue min qin

    преди 21 ден

    These are not truth



    преди 22 дни

    OK, I have not finished the show, but it seems to be ignoring that the Chinese were starving in droves. That is why the one-child policy happened - massive death with no end in sight. I think it was an awful thing, but it was an attempt to solve a very deadly problem.

  51. I. Wynn Wynn

    I. Wynn Wynn

    преди 22 дни

    Diva cup is real

  52. The Noobest Girl

    The Noobest Girl

    преди 22 дни

    Does this mean that all those 2nd born children whose parents couldn't pay the fine get to get an identity now?

  53. Apratim Ghosh

    Apratim Ghosh

    преди 23 дни

    This is the best show! Funny and informative.

  54. aaronrocs


    преди 24 дни

    It was obviously terrible, but the issue of exponential population growth IS and important issue that isn't being addressed. It'll be worse I PROMISE when there's more people than can be supported by our Earth. Extinctions, famine, pollution, homelessness, joblessness, anarchy...the list goes on. And it unfortunately can't be left to personal responsibility, because that has never worked. It was a flawed policy, yes, but it's gonna take something bold to tackle this issue, period. I'm not a globalist, but SOMEHOW we need to all come together on some key issues that face humanity as a whole together, but it's like herding cats...

  55. Jeffrow Ryan

    Jeffrow Ryan

    преди 24 дни

    That Donald Duck dick was freaking hilarious

  56. Vašek Ondračka

    Vašek Ondračka

    преди 26 дни

    As terrible as the one child policy is, if you think about it, the US company-run government does pretty much the same thing. Sure, it doesn't force an abortion on you, it just places many families at the unsolvable situation where you "choose" between living at the edge of poverty, with the family being supported by one parent while the other takes care of the newborn, or having an abortion that must be at least partially covered by your employer. It is pretty clear what they want you to do... So in the end, the situation is very similar. If you don't have the money, you will not have kids, or will live at horrible conditions to keep them. If you do have money, you will pay for your child the same way a Chinese would. And the worse part is, that it doesn't even make sense for the US in the long run. The land could support WAY more people, slow gradual increase in population will raise the GDP which will help pay for your debt or a border wall or whatever.

  57. sean callahan

    sean callahan

    преди 26 дни

    To be fair..looks like Trump did win that trade war. He has done well in that regard..if only he had a heart or soul to be a caring human being. Also very surprised you didn't hit on the massive amount of home owners with 2-3 homes in China directly because of the one child policy. Using real estate ownings to improve status to get married, even if a lot of the real estate is not even livable. Bat shite crazy.

  58. Tina Puscher

    Tina Puscher

    преди 26 дни

    I get your point, but we are about 7.8 billion right now, looking at an estimated 11 billion in 2100. Our lifestyle is already causing climate change that in this winter no one can deny any longer. Children need meat, meat production causes methane which is a lot worse than the CO2 we‘re also increasing by multiplying like bunnies and increasing our living standard. What do you (seriously) suggest we do about the impact of the homo sapiens on the planet? Does every adult have to go vegan and will be restricted to walks? How then do we get to work in the ever growing cities? We need to reduce the number of people on earth. But how do we do that in a truly humane way? See worldwithoutus.com or read the book.

  59. Queen Rexy

    Queen Rexy

    преди 26 дни

    Nine months with a healthy baby isn’t an abortion. That’s called murder.

    • rob1811


      преди 11 часа

      Queen Rexy well said. Abortion is murder. Totally agree with you.

    • Alex Illingworth

      Alex Illingworth

      преди 6 дни

      stillaliveplus1forme if they took the sweet pea sized fetus out of her it would still be taking away her right to reproduce. It would be taking away her right to choose, which is the complete opposite of pro-choice.

    • Jacob Valentin

      Jacob Valentin

      преди 8 дни

      @Dylan Haugen The mother wanted the child and her life wasn't in danger, so I'm pretty sure the people who murdered her kid are at fault.

    • Dylan Haugen

      Dylan Haugen

      преди 9 дни

      Stillaliveplus so you think a lump of cells is literally the same as living breathing baby? Is a lump of semen and one egg just as human as a toddler named billy? Should hold funerals for all the fertilized eggs that fail to implant into the uterus and get washed out with the menstrual blood?

    • stillaliveplus1forme


      преди 10 дни

      @Dylan Haugen hahaha lol and what does that really matter anyway? If a woman had an 8 week old sweet pea fetus in her and the gov came and ripped it out without her permission then that's murder aswell because she intended to give birth to that as a child in 7 months.

  60. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter

    преди 28 дни

    I am honestly bewildered that there are people in America who think that there should be state-sanctioned controls on who can and who can't have children. The right to reproduce isn't some legal policy you can meddle and tinker with, it's older, deeper, and more important than the idea of government itself. It's the very root of what we are as a species. Trying to control that with heavy-handed, top-down legislation will always lead to disastrous consequences.