Crypto-communism is a secret support for, or admiration of communism. An individual or group keeps this support or admiration hidden to avoid political persecution or political suicide. Crypto-Bolshevism is synonymous, asserting secret Bolshevism.
In the United States, the labels of crypto-communist and crypto-fascist have often been pejoratively applied by political opponents, implying that anyone who supports a particular policy must be secretly extremist.
- Schmidt, Regin (2000). Red Scare: FBI and the Origins of Anticommunism in the United States, 1919-1943. Museum Tusculanum Press. ISBN 978-87-7289-581-9.
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