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A White Guy
Dec 19, 2012
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Oh lord yes. I read the /r/syriancivilwar reddit off and on, largely so I can keep up to date with it. The comments range from informative to outright loony-bins, but my favorite so far:

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In his first reaction to the protests on 30th March 2011 Assad agreed with the legitimate demands of the demonstrations. He ended the single party rule, called for new elections, new constitution, new modern media law, multi candidate elections and set a presidential term limit on himself. He amnestied thousabds of opponent fighters, and invited all refugees also deserteurs to come back to Syria and have there case settled if they fled conscription.
He is not your usual dictator. He is a reformer, a liberally minded, great statesman. But he came into power of a country, at War for 50 years, in a state of martial law, under constant threat of political and radical Islamists, sanctioned and threatened by America and inside a militaristic, autoritarian system. He is our man to change the system from the inside. Steering it to more liberty, more democracy, more modernity. Simplier said then done. But he has the best intentions and is very pragmatic, rational, predictable and actually humble.

Assad, giver of democracy

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A White Guy
Dec 19, 2012
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Also, what does 'tankie' mean? Or rather, why are authoritarian leftists called tankies, specifically?

A White Guy
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divabot posted:

I am amazed I only just heard of National Bolshevism.

You can make almost anything really bad by adding "National" in front, e.g. National Anarchism, aka Nazis who don't like being told what to do. An "anarchist" strain that unites anarchists in detesting it more than "anarchocapitalism" does.

I'm reminded of something that sounded amazing to my 17 year old head, but now that I'm a little older makes all kinds of sense. Politics don't really exist on a spectrum from left to right, like a line. In reality, political ideology is more a circle, where at both ends some hilarious authoritarian form of government (Right-wing whatever you want here, usually fascism being the example), and on the other end of the circle is left wing authoritarian form of government. Authoritarians are authoritarians, regardless of what stripes they choose to wear. The only real difference between a neo-stalinist and a neo-nazi is which mustachioed 20th century dictator they choose to worship. That's why Nazi anarchists or Communist anarchists (which should both be oxymorons) can comfortably reconcile two seemingly totally opposite ideas. Authoritarians don't care about cognitive dissonance.

A White Guy
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Pope Guilty posted:

I love tankie poo poo on twitter because they are SO GODDAMNED SERIOUS about stuff that they will never have any impact on. I guess in the absence of any ability to affect the world having the correctest takes becomes super important.

The reason they're not more culturally relevant is that their credibility came and went with the Soviet Union. It's hard to be a credible communist wingnut when you have such a glaring example of the failure of your ideology to point to.

They'll have their day again, someday, but with the current almost-relevance of a few alt-right shitheads, that might not come for a while.

A White Guy
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The sad part is that this guy is partly right. Instead of pandering to the disenfranchisement and rapidly increasing poverty of the working class, the democrats focused their political effort on ineffective and altogether meaningless issues that did little to help them capture votes. As another much smarter guy put it, instead of stopping us from getting broom hosed by Republicans, Democrats are bragging about having reduced the broom loving by 10%.

Actual leftist politics needs a new political party, because the democratic party has shown itself to be a pandering limp dicked corrupt pile of poo poo.

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A White Guy
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Yeah, I sincerely wish the Greens in the US were like the Greens of the UK/Australia/Canada: all about the science. Here in the US, the Greens are basically leftist versions of antivaxxers.

All I really want is a party of environmentalist democratic socialists.

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