What are tankies? What does sea-lioning mean?

I’ve run across these terms several times, but without enough context to figure out what they mean. Could someone help me out, please?

ETA All of you are amazing! A huge thank you to everyone who responded, and an extra thank you to those who have provided links or explanations to further and/or related information. I am learning so much by reading all of these comments!


Sealioning is the constant bad faith, feigning ignorance, asking for evidence of everything under the guise of “just asking questions”. Then ignoring any evidence presented and moving on to the next demand. Used to shut down discourse entirely.

Tankies are leftists that defend or deny the atrocities committed by authoritarian communist regimes like the Soviet Union or the CCP. It was first used to describe communists in Great Britain that defended the Soviet Union for using tanks to crush anti-communist revolutions.


Is that what sealioning is though?

@0235@lemmy.world avatar

Never heard the phrase sealioning before, but I have seen it everywhere.


Sealioning is specifically a reference to this comic strip from Wondermark

Lenins2ndCat, (edited )
@Lenins2ndCat@lemmy.world avatar

Tankies are leftists that defend or deny the atrocities committed by authoritarian communist regimes like the Soviet Union or the CCP. It was first used to describe communists in Great Britain that defended the Soviet Union for using tanks to crush anti-communist revolutions.

Ironically history has proven that decision to have been the correct one and even the soft-left here in Britain today acknowledges that the people who were called “tankies” originally when that happened were all completely correct.

Edit: Downvoters literally defending against the stopping of what were literal actual fascist-led uprisings because they know absolutely nothing about european history.

PugJesus avatar

[Literal workers' revolution advocating multiparty elections, in which the transitional government is held by a supermajority of socialist parties]

Tankies: "Is this fascism?"

fucking lmao. Go lick boots elsewhere, red fash.


It doesn’t have to be leftists, anyone who does that is a tankie.


If you like the USSR and Communist China, you’re probably a leftie.

  1. Probably ≠ all
  2. Nope, if you do (after Deng for China, after Stalin for USSR, for other time periods you could be a leftist) and have extensively learned about it you probably think you’re a leftist but you’re actually a rightist. Think about how exactly the sum of their policies align with left values more than right values.
@Lenins2ndCat@lemmy.world avatar

Nope, if you do (after Deng for China, after Stalin for USSR, for other time periods you could be a leftist) and have extensively learned about it you probably think you’re a leftist but you’re actually a rightist.

So you think Jeremy Corbyn isn’t left? Lmao. What about Lula? Every Cuban politician?

Think about how exactly the sum of their policies align with left values more than right values.

This is you trying to re-align left vs right as culture instead of economic. It’s seriously america-brained bollocks and is not how anyone in the rest of the world views left vs right.



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  • ScrimbloBimblo,

    He’s not saying they’re right wing governments, just that they’re highly authoritarian, which is something that leftists, on average, tend to be against, so if someone claims to be “left” but supports Russia, they likely have a poor understanding of one of those things.


    Idk if I like this “left means anti authoritarian” thing I’ve seen floating around recently. By that interpretation right wing individualist anarchism is actually left wing, because though it is called right wing in the traditional sense of individualism v collectivism where collectivism is left wing, it is certainly against authority.

    Rather, I’m fine with this interpretation, but can we all get together and figure out whether or not “left” means “anarchism” or “collectivism?” This “it means either one of the two and people will just decide one is correct and deny the existence of the other definition and which one that is depends on who you’re talking to at that moment, and I won’t define it when askef, I’ll just act like you’re stupid for not knowing which one I choose to use today” shit is getting old and I’m like 99% sure it’s intentional as a technique to appear to win an argument without having any argument to speak of.


    Like @shit (from shitjustworks, nice one) said, these don’t conflict. While I didn’t say anything about authoritarian (communism especially vanguardism is authoritarian and it never works out), I personally believe that modern China is right wing. For example, their current government wants to merge traditional values with law.

    @Shit@sh.itjust.works avatar

    🫡 thanks

    @Shit@sh.itjust.works avatar

    I mean it’s more of an up down issue and not a left right issue right? Most authoritarianism stuff ends up sounding the same. They both hate liberalism and want to stomp it out before they fight it out over the left right divide.

    FaceDeer avatar

    This is a major example of why I despise the left/right "spectrum" that is so universal in political discourse these days. These views are not simple enough to be defined along a one-dimensional axis like this.

    I'm increasingly fond of the 8 values test, which splits things up along four distinct axes. Still too few, but definitely far better than just one.

    @Shit@sh.itjust.works avatar

    Thanks I like this test more than the other ones I’ve seen. I feel like it needs more questions but that’s the problem with all these tests.


    I got the following:

    50.6% on the economic axis towards equality, 59.4% on the diplomatic axis, towards nation. 50.4% on the civil axis, towards liberty 55.8% on the societal axis, towards tradition.

    Makes sense that I get called a Nazi multiple times on this god forsaken tankie-filled site.


    Thank you for helping to spread Chinese, Soviet, and ableist propaganda. Plus you didn’t respond to that “probably” part.

    Very_Bad_Janet, (edited )

    May I introduce you to the Far Right in America? They are often keen to downplay any Russian acts of aggression. ETA: Not saying that they would fit the definition of tankies, just that you don't have to be a leftist to (overtly or tacitly) support Russia.

    G.O.P.’s Far Right Seeks to Use Defense Bill to Defund Ukraine War Effort

    The group’s proposals have no chance of passage, but they have further mired the military spending bill in a partisan fight and highlighted Republican divisions over the war.


    albinanigans avatar

    Someone once described Tankies (at least the ones that are behind the Lemmy codebase) as "conservative communists who think the Tiananmen Square Massacre was a hoax" and uh, I just find that fitting.


    Well, except for the whole communism thing. Seeing as communism and autocracy are diametrically opposed as ideologies.

    DessertStorms, (edited )
    DessertStorms avatar

    People conveniently forget that calling something communism (or socialism, or a people's republic or a democracy) doesn't actually make it that thing, and that co-opting leftist language and ideas in order to gain popularity, support and the power they give, is a well known fascist tactic.

    @culprit@lemmy.ml avatar

    I’ll just leave this here:



    I’ve never seen anyone call it a hoax.

    albinanigans avatar

    you lucky bastard!


    I’m lucky for not seeing something that doesn’t happen?

    DessertStorms avatar

    No, just wilfully ignorant (you seeing it yourself is irrelevant, when it takes seconds to look up and see that it does, in fact, happen)

    albinanigans avatar

    Go pound sand.

    Alexmitter avatar

    Basically Nazis, but pretending to be left.
    Mao is cool, there is no genocide in Xinjiang, nothing happend on tiananmen square, Stalin was good, Holodomor never happened. All the classics.

    @FatsLardenfeldt@lemmy.world avatar

    Sealioning originiates with this comic strip. Tankies is a perjorative term broadly applied to anyoneone with marxist-leninist beliefs, applied by centre left and liberals. It refers originally to the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia with the implication being that “tankies” support the crushing of resistence to Soviet authority but used more generally just do dismiss anyone with militantly anti-capitalist ideals.


    I'd add that it can be used less pejoratively as a authoritarian Communist.

    danhakimi avatar

    Tankies are generally not just anybody with communist perspectives, but a. certain extreme. A tankie is the type of person who will essentially argue that capitalism and western society are the roots of all evil, and deflect from any criticism of Russia, China, Iran, etc. by attacking the US instead of actually addressing the criticism.

    MxM111 avatar

    The economic system in China, Russia and Iran is (undemocratic) capitalism.


    Good point

    danhakimi avatar

    They see it as being less western, and therefore superior.


    What if you agree with the former but also agree with criticism of those regimes?

    Semi-Hemi-Demigod avatar

    Anti-authoritarian collectivist/socialists are usually categorized as anarchists. At least that’s what the tankies call me.

    elscallr avatar

    I'm fine being called an anarchist but I prefer the term "voluntarist".

    As long as I'm free to opt out of the collectivism I'm happy to live alongside it and encourage others to engage with it if they want.

    Cylusthevirus avatar

    That's just regular old black and white thinking. Every time you've decided that an "ism" is the root of all the world's evils you've lost the game. Doesn't matter what it is. The "isms" are never the source of the trouble; that would be humanity itself.

    ExecutiveStapler avatar

    If you genuinely accept critiques of Iran, China, and Russia as well as disliking the West's capitalism then you're just a communist, not a tankie. However if you just kinda accept critiques in a "No one's perfect" kinda way but still cheer when Russians shoot Ukrainians, you'd be a tankie who fell for Russian propaganda. I'd recommend looking into the firehose of falsehood, it informs a lot about certain righties' and lefties' perspectives.

    danhakimi avatar

    You're not even necessarily a communist. I don't call myself a communist, but yeah, there are problems with capitalism, that's not a weird thing to say.

    ExecutiveStapler avatar

    My b, you're right. If you critique capitalism but ultimately think it's the best option you're a soc-dem of some sort and if you're anti capitalism then you're some type of socialist, communist, anarchist, or syndicalist. Tankies are almost exclusively going to fall in the anti capitalist communist camp though.


    Yeah I’m an anarchist. I have friends who are ML. If they were to say, support a theoretical Cuban invasion of Rojava (listen there aren’t many anti capitalist countries in 2023) because Rojava isn’t the right kind of anti capitalist that would be some tankie ass shit.

    The Soviets weren’t saying “be communist or be destroyed” the rebels believed in communism they just wanted self rule.

    Also tankie usually implies someone supports Russia and China no matter what they do. Often they use the argument of being anti imperialist even when defending imperialist expansion.


    applied by centre left and liberals

    It's a term that originates with the left. Specifically, those who broke with the USSR over imperialist invasions, referring to those who did not. More broadly, it refers to the authoritarian left (as opposed to the anarchist left).


    One thing about sealioning that I haven’t seen mentioned yet is that it’s a tactic designed to utterly exhaust the other person by asking question after question with no willingness to listen to the answers. It’s there to waste time and grind down your opponent until they have had enough of your bullshit and tell you to fuck off. At that point you can feign offense and declare victory.


    A quick jab can help cure sealioning.


    Or a club to the fucking head.

    (For legal and animal cruelty reasons this is a joke.)


    Tankies are the cringe “communists”, authoritarians that beleave that no one but them (definitely not rich people) should have power. You can generally spot them because they often idolize the Soviet Union and CCP, despite the fact that both were/are authoritarian shitholes.

    Sealioning is when you repeatedly ask someone basic questions in an attempt to annoy them or make it look like they don’t have any. Often sealioners pretend they just want to engage in debate, but in reality ignore or deny any evidence or arguments presented.


    Basically “when de revolushin happensh der gonna issue ush bridesh and lower dee age of conshent to shirteen”


    That's a (CCP) tankie and very likely a paid one too. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Cent_Party

    The Lemmy admins are also well known tankies.



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  • DarkThoughts,

    Yeah, the FBI is well known to pay German dudes to call out wumaos.



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  • DarkThoughts,

    Same difference.


    You forgot one of his greatest hits, that time he admitted he’s a christian fundamentalist freak who was “clearly led by God to do this“

    Arotrios avatar

    Damn - the mental gymnastics that account performs to try and justify systematic oppression is worthy of Olympic Gold. 90% of their arguments are "China's not bad because the US is worse", followed by a full frontal attack on democracy and "wokeness" while claiming to be a leftist. A very shrill shill.

    @lynny@lemmy.world avatar

    Tankies are the left’s version of internet nazis on the right.

    Ultimately they aren’t a serious threat to anyone, even if their views are harmful and misguided.


    Nazi terrorism is on the rise all over. There's no Leftwing equivalent


    Tankies aren't exactly left wing. They claim to support communism but they actually support authoritarianism as long as it's vaguely communist associated. China and Russia mostly. But they use the symbolism of communism, so they're vaguely left wing.

    Much like right wing fascists, a hallmark is blatant cognitive dissonance and/or hypocrisy.


    Correct, calling China a communist country is laughable. Just like it is laughable when people call any US senator a socialist. People don't know the actual definitions of the words they are using.

    China and Russia have authoritarian regimes.

    And it is sad to see people who call themselves communist, support regimes like China. They refuse to admit their shit sticks. At least I will happily admit where my country falls so far short of my leftist ideals.


    Being a Tankie is when you go so far left you end up coming back right and supporting Fascism still.

    True communism never existed, supporting anything the Soviet Union did is fascist.

    danhakimi avatar

    "horseshoe theory."

    Or the idea that if you're truly liberal, you don't believe in intervening in other countries' affairs, no matter what.

    or the idea that capitalism is a greater evil than dictatorship.

    @andromedusgalacticus@lemm.ee avatar

    For sea-lioning, here’s the comic the term originated from to explain it


    I can’t seem to open the link, it just says “There’s nothing here” I’m not sure if it’s my Lemmy client or if it’s just gone, but does anybody have a mirror?

    @andromedusgalacticus@lemm.ee avatar

    That’s weird, here’s just the link without any formatting. Try this: wondermark.com/c/1k62/


    I think jerboa (and maybe other lemmy UIs) is interpreting that as a link to a community and trying to open !1k62


    Same with Connect.

    @andromedusgalacticus@lemm.ee avatar

    Yep, I think you’re right. I can probably bypass this with a link shortener, but it’s not worth selling out people’s data. Just copy and paste it if you’re running into issues.


    Thank you, that really explains it! I was afraid that I may come across as sea-lioning sometimes because I tend to ask lots of questions, but the comic makes it more clear what sea-lioning is.


    It boils down to whether you argue in good faith. Even better, if you discuss in good faith. Asking a lot of questions that comes from a desire to learn or from curiosity usually lands differently then the disingenuous questioning of someone like a tankie

    @skepticalifornia@lemmy.world avatar

    “Tankies” is slang for communists who align with the philosophy of authoritarian rule, like the Soviet Union who used violence to keep countries under their control in check.

    Sealioning is something I saw a lot on Reddit, but not so much here - it is when someone responds continuously asking questions, trying to seem like they are engaged, but in reality they are trolling you. Like when you say something like “The sky is so blue today” and the come back with “That is interesting, do you have a link to some information that I can learn more about that?”


    Asking for proof isn’t necessarily trolling. Someone making wild claims should have to source their knowledge


    Asking for proof isn’t necessarily trolling

    This is correct; sealioning is characterised by asking questions in bad faith. If you ask a question, get an answer, and reply with the same question as though you did not get an answer, that is sealioning.

    Personally, I always assume questions are asked in good faith and answer accordingly; it’s only when I get the same question in reply, or one that addresses precisely nothing I said, or one that egregiously twists my argument and/or words, that I view it as a troll and disengage.

    @SacredHeartAttack@lemmy.world avatar

    Oh my god I get sealioned in real life. Now I can call people out on it with a title.

    magnetosphere avatar

    Dealing with sealioning can be utterly exhausting (which is the point, whether they fully realize that or not) especially when done by someone with experience.


    The best way to beat a sealion is classic trolling, funny enough. They just can't stop, and they need to pretend to take the high road, so you can just keep insulting them. Call it out, and then call them names until they stop or you get bored.

    FaceDeer avatar

    A related fallacy is the Gish gallop, in which an endless stream of bogus arguments are spewed out faster than any of them can be refuted. Even if it's really easy to refute each one individually, the constant stream is overwhelming and then eventually the user can go "aha, you couldn't refute X!"


    That’s interesting, do you have a link where I could read more about that?

    @A_Toasty_Strudel@lemmy.world avatar

    Unfortunately not. Know where it might be able to get one?


    A, not op but ok

    B, are y’all misreplying to the wrong comment or are y’all bots because both of these comments don’t make sense in this context.

    Edit: fuck, I’m stupid


    They’re not really communists tho, because (like you said) they defend the use of violence by a ruling class

    A ruling class just wouldn’t exist under actual communism. Which is the main reason communism won’t work for any group more than like ~200 people in size.

    They’re fans of fake communism like the Soviet Union or China

    @NOT_RICK@lemmy.world avatar

    I’d agree with you, but Marx literally calls for a temporary dictatorship of the proletariat in the communist manifesto


    Dictatorship at the time didn’t mean necessarily authoritarian, it just meant government. Someone always dictates however they may be elected. He felt the people dictating should be the working class.


    Marx had many good ideas, but he wasn’t perfect. Leftist theory also didn’t stop when he died.


    Yeah and as smart as anyone is, they aren’t right all the time. As much as you can agree with his messaging, it’s important to critically assess everything said, regardless of who is saying it.

    @Raphael@lemmy.world avatar

    Dictatorship of the proletariat must be permanent, read it again. Also look up what Dictatorship of the proletariat means before spreading FUD.

    @skepticalifornia@lemmy.world avatar

    Agree totally. Communism is one of those things that cannot work in the real world. Someone above said it well - you go so far left that you end devolving into fascism and that is apparent with what is going on in Russia right now. Money begets power begets more money and on and on…


    Out of curiosity what makes you think 2023 Russia is left wing? They weren’t even the last of the countries to leave the USSR. They privatized Soviet holdings in the 90s. Putin is former KGB sure, but he’s been very pro capital his entire reign.

    @skepticalifornia@lemmy.world avatar

    Oh, I don’t think they are leftist at all. My point was that Russia dominated the Soviet Union (do you agree with that?) and the fall of communism has resulted in what we see now, and it is not pretty, with business, money and politics very much intertwined.


    Yeah the dictatorship of the proletariat shouldn’t be thought of as like the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein but rather as forceful removal of hierarchy from society. “We will learn to live as equals no matter how difficult it is and those who refuse to join in the work will be punished.” If you’re just getting rid of the people who held power before the revolution and not fighting the desire for power you’re just gonna wind up with a red czar.


    we used to call them Maoists.

    but Trotskyists I met later on, though less dangerous, were always more fanatical, nostalgically passionate 🤮


    i’d figure tankies by strictest definition to be garden variety MLs, though yeah this typically includes support for mao.

    my experience of trots has been old trade union guys trying to hawk papers/do book clubs linking everything somehow to permanent revolution, with a side of turning up to pickets. idk if i’d call them fanatical, they tend to spend too much time bickering about organisation amongst themselves. definitely agree with the weirdly nostalgic part though


    As others have said above, tankies are those who defend despotic authoritarian countries that at least claim to be communist, though really haven't been for a while since they're either a dictatorship or an oligarchy at this point and frequently rather capitalist. How many billionaires does China have now?

    And sealioning is purposefully asking leading questions over and over without acknowledging the answers being given. Those that sealion also frequently gish-gallop in response, which is throwing a whole bunch of claims at once that take far more effort to actually provide the necessary amount of information to debunk than it took for the person to make the claims without evidence.

    On a personal note, I've always found tankies to be the most extreme example of being anti-socialism and anti-Marxist Leninist. Because do they really think Marx and Lenin would support these dictatorial (and still capitalist) human rights violating countries to be what their utopia is?

    In a realistic comparison, Marx and Lenin would support European democracies before they supported trash like modern Russia and China (and don't even get me started on North Korea).

    Lenins2ndCat, (edited )
    @Lenins2ndCat@lemmy.world avatar

    Hakim explains: youtu.be/LcJ5NrJtQ8g

    Vijay Prashad (regularly works with Chomsky) explains: youtu.be/tsqE9kEsDVY

    The Deprogram explains: youtu.be/YVYVBOFYJco

    In short, “tankie” is a thought-terminating phrase thrown into any conversations where people want to get others to terminate all thought coming from people to their left. It gets thrown at communists by other communists, it gets thrown at communists by anarchists, it gets thrown at all of the above by socdems, it gets thrown at all of the above by liberals, and it gets thrown at all of the above including liberals by fascists.

    Its function in actual practice is that it moves discourse and spaces rightwards. Anyone using the phrase should be completely disregarded as a person that wants you to keep your brain closed.

    EDIT: Downvoters literally downvoting actually published leftist internationalist author saying exactly what I just said here because they don’t want to stop using it as a thought-terminator and don’t consider the fact that all they’re doing is moving things rightwards when they use it.


    And the people who use it to self-describe? Also, what do you call leftists who explicitly support authoritarian regimes like the USSR and the CCP?


    That top down explanation is pretty funny and accurate. Everyone is a Tankie to fascists.


    Its how fascist need the discourse to catagorize any decinters.

    Epicurus0319, (edited )

    Tankies are either:

    • Blue-haired white college kids from high-income families going through the commie phase that many go through due to academia’s fascination with at least the theory of it and the fact that such students start out spending most of what little free time they have online
    • The stereotypical basement-dwelling, probable-chomo neckbeards with BO who moderate large subreddits, unironically believe that work should be abolished and never socially matured past high school. Examples include Doreen Ford and awkwardtheturtle.
    • Edgy American 13-year-olds from high-income families who just discovered politics and chose (their idea of) communism over nazism and unironically stan Putin because they think he’s fighting something something gay/pronouns (which totally aren’t despised in Ukraine too)- as well as many other free and fair governments like North Korea and the Chinese Communist Party.

    And sealioning is a type of internet trolling where you repeatedly make incessant, bad-faith attempts to “just have a debate” and then ignoring all responses unread.

    @culprit@lemmy.ml avatar

    Of all the things Kruschev would do after Stalin’s death that Stalin should’ve shot him for - running tanks into Hungary was absolutely correct

    The Communists who sided with tanks going into Hungary was how Communists earned the moniker “Tankie”

    Yet 50 years later it’s revealed that MI6 were training the rebels

    “Tankie” should unironically be worn with pride. In the fact “tankies” were absolutely correct in characterising the uprising as a semi-fascist counter-revolution (doors of jews and Communists were marked for extermination) that needed to be put down


    Some of the weapons used were American, and others almost certainly British. Mr Smith says MI6 and the CIA had buried arms caches in the woods around Prague and Budapest for use by “stay-behind” parties or fifth columnists in case of war. Additional: The Truth About Hungary is a brilliant and quite short book worth reading. Published in 1957 it basically set out the character of the protests as semi-fascist and supported by the imperialist powers. Basically everything that was dismissed as Communist propaganda but has now been confirmed by the Western press. People seem to forget that Hungary only a 11 years previously was a fascist state allied with the Nazis and Left Anticommunists have continually tried to portray the uprising as a “socialist uprising but with a more human face”


    Section from the book “The Truth about Hungary” by Herbert Aptheker; a prominent figure in U.S. scholarly discourse in the 1940’s, and Marxist Historian. Written in 1957 it outlined what later would be confirmed by the bourgeois Western press

    "The special correspondent of the Yugoslav paper, Politika, (Nov. 13, 1956) describing the events of those days, said that the homes of Communists were marked with a white cross and those of Jews with a black cross, to serve as signs for the extermination squads. “There is no longer any room for doubt,” said the Yugoslav reporter, “it is an example of classic Hungarian fascism and of White Terror. The information,” continued this writer, “coming from the provinces tells how in certain places Communists were having their eyes put out, their ears cut off, and that they were being killed in the most terrible ways.”

    “But the forces of reaction were rapidly consolidating their power and pushing forward on the top levels, while in the streets the blood of scores of massacred Communists, Jews, and progressives was flowing.”

    “Some of the reports reaching Warsaw from Budapest today caused considerable concern. These reports told of massacres of Communists and Jews by what were described as ‘Fascist elements’ …” (N.Y. Times, Nov. 1. 1956)

    “The evidence is conclusive that the entry of Soviet troops into Budapest stopped the execution of scores, perhaps thousands of Jews, for by the end of October and early November, anti-Semtic pogroms - hallmark of unbridled fascistic terror - were making their appearance, after an absence of some ten years, within Hungary.”

    “A correspondent of the Israeli newspaper Maariv (Tel Aviv) reported:

    During the uprising a number of former Nazis were released from prison and other former Nazis came to Hungary from Salzburg . . . I met them at the border . . . I saw anti-Semitic posters in Budapest . . . On the walls, street lights, streetcars, you saw inscriptions reading: “Down with Jew Gero!” “Down with Jew Rakosi!” or just simply “down with the Jews!”

    Leading rabbinical circles in New York received a cable early in November from corresponding circles in Vienna that “Jewish blood is being shed by the rebels in Hungary.” Very much later-in February, 1957-the World Jewish Congress reported that “anti-Semitic excesses occurred in more than twenty villages and smaller provincial towns during the October-November revolt.” This occurred, according to this very conservative body, because “fascist and anti-Semitic groups had apparently seized the opportunity, presented by the absence of a central authority, to come to the surface.” Many among the Jewish refugees from Hungary, the report continued, had fled from this anti-Semitic pogrom-like atmosphere (N.Y. Times, Feb. 15, 1957). This confirmed the earlier report made by the British Rabbi, R. Pozner, who, after touring refugee camps, declared that “the majority of Jews who left Hungary did so for fear of the Hungarians and not the Russians.” The Paris Jewish newspaper, Naye Presse, asserted that Jewish refugees in France claimed quite generally that Soviet soldiers had saved their lives.”



    People complaining about “tankies” are exactly like the people that complain about the “woke”. The behaviour is two sides of the same coin, one performed by conservatives-only while the other is performed by both of them in unity against the only anti-capitalists.

    Both are functionally meaningless, being undefined in any given situation so they can be thrown around in all places.


    But there are people who identify as left-wing who will support China and Russia while downplaying their authoritarianism.

    That’s not something being invented as a boogeyman. Anyone can go to lemmygrad.ml right now to see it in action.


    I have no time to listen to American liberals wring their hands about China’s authoritarianism while the US jails more people than any other country in the world, employs the death penalty, engages in coups, counterrevolutions, and props up fascist regimes in every continent on the globe. WE live in an authoritarian police state. WE just had a nationwide uprising against it three years ago and observed what was perhaps the most sophisticated counterinsurgency campaign in modern history get waged against it as the entire political establishment, from shitlib to frothing fascist dug in their heels and ensured nothing would be done about these out of control murderpigs.

    If you are a leftist, you are an anti-capitalist. If you call yourself a leftist and you aren’t an anti-capitalist, you are a joke. If you are an anti-capitalist, you must recognize that the bourgeois state is illegitimate. If you recognize that the bourgeois state is illegitimate, you don’t carry their water and make the case for them to militarize even further while the growing homeless population gets picked off in the streets by vigilantes and we inch closer and closer to outright pogroms against the LGBT+ community.

    The Russian Federation is fucked. A consequence of the 90s shock doctrine, scrapping the Soviet Union and selling everything which wasn’t nailed down to a bunch of gangsters. They are ruled by a right wing, reactionary, socially conservative government. Still, that doesn’t make their crushing defeat a benefit to the world. It won’t be the left filling that vacuum. I am not going to root for the fucking US just because Russia is bad, and I am not going to root for Ukraine which has effectively banned all left-wing opposition parties, media, and labor unions while rehabilitating Nazi collaborators. I hope for an immediate cease-fire, what I have hoped for since the beginning, but for the bloodthirsty liberals this is not enough. They need to make a point, and they care very deeply about where we draw a bunch of lines on a fucking map, no matter how many people need to die for it, and what the social and political ramifications are.

    I defend China, and to a much lesser extent, Russia, because I know what the alternatives are. If the US had its way, Western finance would batter down the walls of China, privatize everything in sight, and deliver the biggest increase of poverty in world history. Even bigger than the collapse of the Soviet Union. This would all be in the aftermath of the most lethal war in living memory. Potentially bigger than World War II. It would give the Capitalists the liveblood they need to survive for another century at least. And we WILL NOT SURVIVE another century of Capitalism. The WORLD is fucking dying. Climate change is going to claim the lives of millions. Interstate conflicts resulting from the effects of climate change are going to kill millions more. The turbulence will drive the militarization of police, borders, and surveillance to extremes we cannot even imagine.


    You got down voted but you’re right. Tankie is the new form of commie after that fell out of favor. Western “champaign socialists” (another term I hate but it kinda applies here) use it to criticize people from countries that actually have had socialist experiments. Most of the leftists globally are not western and would fit under the standard western definition of tankie. But if you’ve never come close to overthrowing your own government, are you positioned all that well to criticize someone elses revolution while you sit comfortably in the imperial core?

    Poor countries face challenges that rich countries can’t imagine often from western interference and revolutions are an ugly business. No Castro was not Santa Claus but he was a marked improvement over Batista.

    @Raphael@lemmy.world avatar

    Did you notice the huge amount of downvotes on any post in here that isn’t outright insults the so called “tankies”?

    You got down voted but you’re right. Tankie is the new form of commie after that fell out of favor.

    During the Red Scare, calling someone a “communist” was itself a death threat. Red Scare is now over and you have people openly declaring themselves communist, that’s why they had to come up with a new term. Tankie was their first attempt but they messed up by making it too restrictive, now they’re pushing a new term


    Example sentences: “Free healthcare is wokeism”

    The above is a natural evolution since “Free healthcare is communism” would have the opposite effect if you keep repeating it over and over. At some point people will declare themselves “woke” and the right will come up with yet another new term.

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