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sfphoto Post time: 2017-12-1 02:49
I don't think Capitalist enterprises providing childcare services for profit will help the people w ...
I don't think Capitalist enterprises providing childcare services for profit will help the people who need them most, namely poor people who work in big cities.
I agree with that, but many poor who work in big cities are migrants and many of those went to those big cities without their children. Solving that problem is a different matter, though obviously tangential to this discussion.
Only the rich -- the top 1% -- will benefit from consuming yet another high-priced commodity.
First of all, this is not about "will benefit" - this system already exists in China. Secondlly, I think the number is much bigger than 1%, simply because such commercial services are only available in areas where there is sufficient market for them. Thirdly, even a low % is a big absolute number in Chinese cities.
Besides, when those wealthier middleclass families buy these commercial childcare services, they give employment to number of lower income families, contribute to the society by paying taxes, and hopefully to raising better citizens.
I am not talking about social welfare or safety nets for the poor. I am talking about the middleclass and above to find services that they want.
You fail to address my question - what do you expect the wealthy families to do, when they want better childcare for their children than what the community through nonprofits can offer?
What do you expect them, or even the less earning families, to do when (and this is not if) the local community-based social enterprise ends up in some random scandal?
You work in finance, I recall, and I guess you make more money than the average Chinese do. What if this discussion was not about childcare but care for the elderly. Would you like your career and possible savings to count for better service in your retirement days, or will you satisty to what the average Chinese get?
social welfare is the moral obligation of Chinese society which has historically been the family, clan, village based on traditional Chinese culture.
That world is gone. You can only serve a fraction of the population by assuming this as starting point for any system.