A cryptocommunist is a person who hides their identity
as a communist
or keeps it secret, for whatever reason.
Reasons to be a cryptocommunist include hiding from persecution
, avoiding the social stigma
that occasionally comes with being a communist, or that your communistic
plans will only work if no one suspects what you are trying to do.
The word crypto
means secret or hidden; Cryptography
is the study, and practice, of hiding secrets.