Parsing the death of Liu Xiaobo

The most ardent enemies of socialism always seem to end up getting the Nobel Peace Prize. Must be a coincidence I guess.

STALIN'S MOUSTACHE

Yesterday, Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer at the age of 61. He was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, but was in prison at the time. He also died while still serving his sentence.

Such a death is bound to spur the expected demonisation of China and Chinese responses. So let’s parse a number of statements made here, here, and here.

First, he was an activist for liberal or bourgeois democracy and an end to so-called “one party rule.” These comments make light of the fact that he was convicted for trying to overthrow the government (and socialist democracy) and replace it with a very different system. But this is actually what he did: attempt to overthrow the state. In most countries, this constitutes an act of treason.

Second, he is presented having advocated, in the words of the Nobel Prize Committee “fundamental human rights…

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2 Responses to Parsing the death of Liu Xiaobo

  1. beetleypete says:

    Commented on SM. Nice to have some balance.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Pingback: Red News | Protestation

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