Quotation by John Dos Passos

By the way—about Bolshevism: one has to remember that all that is published in the press is propaganda, that the Bolsheviki are the moderate social-revolutionaries, a political party, and the Soviets are a system of government based on the idea of "pure democracy" (Mso called in the textbooks on gov't) that every man shall take direct part in the government of the country—which is arrived at by industrial representation through the heirarchy of soviets, and that much the same system would be in vogue in America—(geographical instead of industrial units) if Hamilton and the rest had taken the New England town-meeting as the unit of government instead of importing Montesquieu's ideas. It's silly to idealize things in Russia, but it is criminal to condemn them unheard.
John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Letter, January 2, 1920, to his friend Rumsey Marvin. The Fourteenth Chronicle: Letters and Diaries of John Dos Passos, ed. by Townsend Ludington (1973).

Written in Madrid, Spain.
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