Regarding Michael Call's letter "Sowell backing fascism" (Readers' Forum, July 8): Racism can be — but is not necessarily — part of fascism. Neither Italians nor the Spanish during World War II persecuted their Jewish populations. The main tenets of fascism are a central autocratic government and severe economic and social regimentation — something Sowell does not advocate and never has.

Mr. Call is rewriting not only history but rewriting the definitions to our language.

Mark Sweet

Salt Lake City