Fellow traveler

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Fellow traveler is a political term which refers to a person who support the communist movement but is not an official member of a communist organization.

Conservative intellectual William F. Buckley, Jr., contended American J.B. Matthews coined the term[1] however it has been claimed the phrase was an anglicization of a Russian word in common currency since the time of the Russian Revolution of 1917 — poputchik (literally: "one who walks the same path").[2]

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  1. William F. Buckley, Jr., The Committee and Its Critics: A Calm Review of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. New York: J.P. Putnam's Sons, 1962; pg. 100
  2. Marcus Wheeler, The Oxford Russian-English Dictionary. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1972; pg. 568
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