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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