SIR,-1 have read with interest Mr. Nye's able article on his conversion from Fascism. I have insufficient knowledge to undertake a defence of Mosley, though on the face of the matter it would seem that "Fascism " comes as near, on the purely political level (and indeed on Mr. Nye's own showing) to providing a safeguard against the most chronic dangers besetting our civilisation from within and without, as any suggested alternative. Adherence to " democracy" inevitably entails the turning of a blind eye to, or the dishonest acceptance of, the evil forces working beneath the surface of contemporary Rousseauist republicanism; one must swallow, moreover, such palpable falsehoods as the magic of representative assemblies as a panacea for all evils, the doctrine of the general will and the almost universally accepted heresy that majority creates right. It seems to me that so much energy is expended in certain quarters on preventing Mosley, be he right or wrong, from putting his case over to the public. If all he has to say is a tissue of nonsense, why not let him say it, like any soapbox orator in Hyde Park? Fascism began, I understand, as an agglomeration of reactions to the Masonic and Marxist state, and has never been, like Communism, a positive creed, with .a " Bible' and a •• prophet." Obviously this reaction to Marxist materialism has been, and is. capable of the gravest abuse, but it remains as the outward manifestation of men and women uncomfortably dissatisfied with contemporary Rousseauist republicanism. With regard to Mosiey, it seems, to say the least, somewhat grotesque, that a man who has consistently advocated no compromise with Marxism should be all but gagged and outlawed, while men who have until recently expressed the warmest friendship for the Kremlin, should occupy the chief places in the land. As a mere schoolboy I remember being passingly impressed by Mosley's denunciation of the Red Terror then operating in Spain, and rather differently impressed by a picture I saw about the same time showing the present Prime Minister on a balcony in Madrid, raising his hand in token of approval of all that Was being done to implement the will of Lenin.
Mosley may. of course, as Mr. Nye says, hese been paying lipset vice to religion in those days, as his opponents sometimes do now; his creed, too, like theirs, may degenerate into a series of quack remedies for existing evils, but is that sufficient 'reason why he, and not they, should be treated as an outlaw and a public danger ?
MICHAEL H. R. TOLICIEN. The Oratory School, Woodcote, Nr. Reading.
[There is such a thing as seeing the light, recognising mistakes. and conversion and we see no reason a priori why this t•erv human activity .s.'iouid be denied politicians. Consistency as such is no virtue.— Eourog, C.H.1