Jan 21, 2012 8:24 AM GMT
There are a number of lessons in here that it's remarkable that many in the West haven't learned. The idea of profit being evil or inefficient when it comes to some of our most important needs is beyond ridiculous. It kills. This article also speaks to China's frightening history with communism that morphed into totalitarianism as it has consistently done through history.
The contract also recognized the risks the farmers were taking. If any of the farmers were sent to prison or executed, it said, the others in the group would care for their children until age 18. [...]
It was the same land, the same tools and the same people. Yet just by changing the economic rules — by saying, you get to keep some of what you grow — everything changed.
At the end of the season, they had an enormous harvest: more, Yen Hongchang says, than in the previous five years combined.