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“We face this problem that the same people on the ‘left’ who are soft on Tulsi Gabbard and Donald Trump are the new friends of Putin.”
—Paul Mason, April 25, 2022
If you look up the definition of ‘tankie’, you will find references to hardline Stalinists, members of communist groups who believe and defend the Soviet Union — even when clear violations of human rights are on display. The term originated for support of "sending the tanks in" to invade target countries.
The reason I’m dashing off this quick briefing to my readers is the alarming number of messages I received in the last 48 hours from colleagues and friends worried about the impact of US tankies.
To be clear, the role of US tankies is to deliver us right into the arms of fascism.—High Fidelity, RadPod cohost
We start by mentally deleting our old ideas about ideology — we can’t use old left-right frameworks for modern, hybrid ‘horseshoe’ warfare.
Evaluate the messaging you are hearing from the point of view of who it serves and who is hurt.
It’s a very old school Soviet-era KGB tactic—it’s a third position.—Jim Stewartson
Do not be fooled by the third position — do not be fooled by the tankies. Some may be sincere, and not even realize they are doing Putin’s bidding. But if we realize it, we can share with our networks and put a stop to their impact.
Don’t be divided. Find ways to unite people.
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