Criticism and self-criticism:
How a socialist society deals with its enemies

cover photo from Allyn and Adele Rickett's Book: Prisoners of Liberation In 1951, Allyn Rickett was an American student in revolutionary China. He was also a spy. Along with his wife Adele, he was arrested and spent four years in a Chinese prison undergoing a process of criticism and self-criticism. Gradually, he came to realize that what he did was spying, and that it was hurting the Chinese people.

In 1995, MIM and 14 other organizations brought Allyn Rickett to the University of Massachusetts for the first Prison Awareness Week. He spoke on his experience in revolutionary China where the government used study, self-criticism and labor to rehabilitate its enemies. After his lecture, this interview was conducted by the Undercurrents Program on WMUA 91.1FM.

This interview is available below in mp3 format or on CD for $10. A photocopy of Allyn and Adele Rickett's book Prisoners of Liberation: Four Years In A Chinese Communist Prison is also available from MIM for $10.