If you’re looking to sell a kidney for a quick buck, the world now knows to head to Chenzhou in Hunan Province. It was recently reported that a 17 year old boy sold his kidney for the cash needed to buy an iPad 2. One would think that angry Chinese citizens would wonder about the bribes and black markets created by Communism before pointing fingers. Can you name the last U.S. hospital that became infamous for renting out its urology wing to black market kidney farmers? I can’t. But alas, it’s all capitalism’s fault:
The case, which caused an online furore, was cited by some as an extreme example of the rampant materialism of modern China.
Thousands of comments were posted on internet discussion groups, with many lamenting the lack of rule of law in China and the “immorality” of the new, ‘capitalist’ China.
“This is a failure of education, the first purpose of which is to ‘propagate morality’,” said one comment on Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV website, “This teenager’s stupid behaviour is a manifestation of his radically materialistic values.” “To sell a kidney in order to buy consumer goods? What vanity!” added another, “It is undeniable that modern Chinese teenagers’ morality is declining. This is something we must all think about.”
Perhaps Chinese kids wouldn’t face a “failure of education” if there weren’t Chinese censorship cops preventing access to educational material. With more capitalism, more rule of law, and more liberty Chinese kids could concentrate less on selling organs and more on taking over the world.
Regardless, it’s rather humorous that a culture that was perfectly okay with foot-binding for centuries suddenly gets bent out a shape when young people go to extremes for social status. And speaking of education, how many women with bound feet ever became lawyers or doctors and entrepreneurs? Nothing creates mobility like crushed bones, bound feet, and infections. Right, China?
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to take a break from using my MacBook Pro to go to the bathroom; my two functional (moral and capitalist) kidneys have filtered quite a bit of waste from my blood and I need to pee. After that I think I’ll read something educational that the Chinese government would block from its own people.