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'Trots' I get, though not the particular flavors that might be under discussion. Trotsky opposed Stalin and it got him killed. But what is a 'tankie' in this context?

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2016 at 11:28:09 PM EST
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Militants?

Trotskyists refer to a tendency of small, disciplined groups trying to infiltrate and take over larger labour parties. Or at least dreaming of it and giving larger Labour parties the perfect excuse to throw out people who were to far left, whether or not they actually belonged to a Trotskyist group.

by fjallstrom on Sun Jul 24th, 2016 at 06:33:01 AM EST
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tankie definition

A hardline Stalinist. A tankie is a member of a communist group or a "fellow traveller" (sympathiser) who believes fully in the political system of the Soviet Union and defends/defended the actions of the Soviet Union and other accredited states (China, Serbia, etc.) to the hilt, even in cases where other communists criticise their policies or actions. For instance, such a person favours overseas interventions by Soviet-style states, defends these regimes when they engage in human rights violations, and wishes to establish a similar system in other countries such as Britain and America.
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The term derives from the fact that the divisions within the communist movement first arose when the Soviet Union sent tanks into communist Hungary in 1956, to crush an attempt to establish an alternative version of communism which was not embraced by the Russians. Most communists outside the eastern bloc opposed this action and criticised the Soviet Union. The "tankies" were those who said "send the tanks in".


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jul 24th, 2016 at 09:30:06 AM EST
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Thanks. Memo to self: "Don't forget about the Urban Dictionary."

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jul 24th, 2016 at 01:22:26 PM EST
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