Fang Lizhi

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Fang Lizhi (12 February 19366 April 2012) was a Chinese astrophysicist whose liberal ideas inspired the pro-democracy student movement of 1986–87 and the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. He eventually had to move to the USA.


Obituary of Fang Lizhi, The Economist, 14th April 2012, p.98[edit]

  • All of us have direct experience of the Supreme.
  • Marxism-Leninism is a worn-out dress that should be thrown away.
  • If every one of those good words - liberty, equality, fraternity, democracy, human rights - has been called "bourgeois", what on earth does that leave for us?
  • A rising economic power that violates human rights is a threat to peace.

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