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Crypto-fascism is a pejorative term implying a secret support for, or admiration of, fascism. The term is used to imply that an individual or group keeps this support or admiration hidden to avoid social persecution or political suicide.

The term is largely credited to Gore Vidal. In a television interview during the chaos of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Vidal described William F. Buckley, Jr. as a "crypto-Nazi", later correcting himself as meaning to say "crypto-fascist". However, the term appeared five years earlier in a German language book by cultural Marxist Theodor W. Adorno, Der getreue Korrepetitor (The Faithful Répétiteur).[1]

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  1. ^ Adorno, Gesammelte Schriften, vol. 15, p. 191.

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