【 Democracy Digest 】   Post Date: 4/29/2020
‘From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate’: Have Liu Xiaobo’s fears been realized?
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Societies move forward and are changed by ideas, by leaders, and ultimately by their citizens. None of these essays show Liu Xiaobo aspiring to personal power, notes Leedom-Ackerman. But those in power worried about this man of ideas and this activist who set ideas into motion. By his life and his death he holds those in power to account.
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In 2009 the Chinese government put Liu Xiaobo, celebrated poet, essayist, critic, activist, and thinker into a cage, labeled him “enemy of the state,” charged him with “inciting subversion of state power,” and sentenced him to eleven years’ imprisonment. Liu Xiaobo was not an enemy, but he was a “lion” the state feared, adds Leedom-Ackerman, co-editor of The Journey of Liu Xiaobo: From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate, published April 1 by Potomac Books. 
 
 
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