In 1974, a small group of young intellectuals, the Li Yizhe group, circulated their dissident manifesto, ‘On Socialist Democracy and the Legal System,’ a probing critique of the leftist authoritarianism of Mao Zedong. This title examines the writings of these dissidents as a means to better understand the views of non-Party Marxists in their struggle to defy the government and construct their own vision of a socialist China. Originally published in 1985, this title remains relevant in relation to contemporary Chinese politics and will be of interest to students of Asian Studies and Politics.

chapter |28 pages


ByAnita Chan, Stanley Rosen, Jonathan Unger

part |77 pages

The Li Yizhe Manifesto

part |130 pages

The Evolving Thought of Wang Xizhe and Li Zhengtian