"In the pages that follow, we present two of Liu’s most eloquent essays. Both were originally written in 2006 and posted in Chinese on the website www.observechina.net. They both were translated into English by Human Rights in China and published in issue no. 1, 2010, of its quarterly journal China Rights Forum, along with other writings and statements by Liu and a great deal of useful information about him and his career. We are most grateful to Human Rights in China for permission to reprint these essays, which appear here with very minor stylistic changes."