Letter: Capitalism with the gloves off

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Sir: John Rees of the Socialist Workers Party quotes Hitler (Letters, 15 April) to the effect that the only thing that could have stopped the rise of Nazism would have been if its opponents had 'smashed' it at the beginning 'with the utmost brutality'.

In chapter five of Mein Kampf, Hitler expanded on what he meant by 'utmost brutality':

The application of force alone, without moral support based on a spiritual concept, can never bring about the destruction of an idea or arrest the propagation of it, unless one is ready and able ruthlessly to exterminate the last upholders of that idea even to a man, and also wipe out any tradition which it may tend to leave behind.

Is this what the SWP is advocating: the physical extermination of all the members (and supporters, and voters?) of the British National Party and the burning of all past and present books, pamphlets and journals that advocate racist and fascist ideas?

Yours faithfully,


London, W5