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By Christopher Manion, The Wanderer, August 24, 2019
“Remember Stanford scholar Steven Mosher?” asks Monica Showalter in American Thinker. Her question is prompted by a new documentary on Communist China’s savage forced-abortion policy, begun in 1980 and slightly modified in 2015. The film, One Child Nation, which opened in theaters earlier this month, won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The Left loved it.
But that hasn’t always been the case. Just ask Steven Mosher. “Way back in the 1980s,” Showalter writes, “the man was reviled in scholarly circles for exposing these brutal realities about China. Instead of being praised for adding to the scholarly body of knowledge, he was abused, slandered, accused of process crimes, and eventually kicked out of his Ph.D. program because he reported the truth about what was happening.”
All too true. After reading about Stanford’s ouster of Mosher, this writer arranged hearings in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that confirmed the pioneer scholar’s findings. The hearings were classified as “secret” not because they revealed classified information — they didn’t. Rather, those testifying, using publicly available data, were afraid that, if they were found out, they’d get the Mosher treatment too.
Why? Because 35 years ago, not only at Stanford but in Washington, the left was gung-ho about China. Over time, however, after Mosher testified in Washington and met with Reagan Administration figures, his revelations had a valuable and permanent impact on U.S. Foreign Policy. (President Reagan’s Mexico City Policy, recently expanded by President Trump, is only one example.) ….