Fang Lizhi

Professor of astrophysics; civil rights activist and dissident

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.

If every one of those good wordsliberty, equality, fraternity, democracy, human rights — has been called "bourgeois", what on earth does that leave for us?

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"Fang Lizhi" in The Economist (2012) edit

Quotes of Fang, in his obituary, in The Economist (14 April 2012), p. 98
  • All of us have direct experience of the Supreme.
  • [Marxism-Leninism is] a worn-out dress that should be thrown away.
  • A rising economic power that violates human rights is a threat to peace.

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