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scumtacular wrote

Hey, maybe this isn't the place to ask, but could someone illustrate the differences between "tankies" and "traditional leftists" I guess I just mean like a Marxist? Honestly I could use a whole run down for the different aspects of the left. Based on what I know I just identify as a marxist and anticapitalist.

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theblackcat wrote

Marxists are followers of Marx, who cowrote the communist manifesto. Marxist Leninists are followers of Lenin, a Soviet dictator. Lenin implemented state capitalism and openly referred to it as such.

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scumtacular wrote

And all that in relation to tankies?

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theblackcat wrote

Depending on who you ask, either all Marxist Leninists and Marxist Leninist Maoists are tankies, or only those who defend the bad stuff ML/M regimes were responsible for... I don't think there's any difference because why would someone identify with a label responsible for so much tyranny unless they were a sketchy authoritarian?

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ziq wrote (edited )

They're also almost always ready to defend Stalin and Mao, which is the biggest issue I have. If it were just Lenin, then they'd just be on the level of garden variety libs (execute / gulag anyone that opposes the state). But stalin and mao were outright genocidal tyrants (execute gays, teachers, and everyone that looks at you funny).