It's not the possibility of Stalinism in the U.S. that's worrying me, it's the fact that the Stalinist C.P. seems doomed to fail and to bring down with it all the humanitarian tendencies I personally believe in—all the while acting as a mould on which its obverse the fascist mentality is made—and this recent massacre is certainly a sign of Stalinism's weakness not of its strength. None of that has anything to do with Marx's work—but it certainly does influence one's attitude towards a given political party.
John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Letter, April 5, 1935, to critic Edmund Wilson. The Fourteenth Chronicle: Letters and Diaries of John Dos Passos, ed. Townsend Ludington (1973).