The seizure of farmland — and the government’s subsequent failure to allocate funds locally — is causing uprisings in rural China. “Farmers who once trusted the central government’s ability to fix problems find their faith in the system dimming and their anger rising. ‘They had been told that reform was coming, so they were patient,’ says Philip Brown, an economist who studies rural China and teaches at Colby College. ‘But now they see that the reforms don’t go far enough, and they think, This is what we’ve been waiting for?'”