Robert: "Spain’s my buddy, my old pal, one of my best friends. I’ve learned a lot from Spain. I greatly admire his artwork. He is such a strong, committed, communist, left-wing guy. I know I can always count on him to give me a clear, concise Marxist theory or reaction or viewpoint on whatever’s going on in the world, which I appreciate very much actually. I’ve learned a lot from him in that way. He’s a little too pro-Stalin for me. But I’ve argued about that with him. He once got very angry at me for saying that Stalin was as bad as Hitler. He didn’t like that.
"I said, 'Why? What’s the difference?'
"He said, 'Stalin was murderous but at least he stood for something, some kind of decent ideal. Whereas Hitler’s ideals were just completely nutzo.'
"Which is true. But my comeback to that was, in the process Stalin greatly discredited and scared people away from the idea of communism, because he was so murderous. Same with Mao. Stalin and Mao both had great things to say, but the fact that they were so murderous put people off on the ideal of communism."
[Note: Sadly Spain Rodriguez died of cancer in November, 2012. He will be missed by his fans worldwide.]