[C. E. M. Joad, philosopher, member of 'The Brains Trust' BBC radio panel, and convicted railway fare dodger.] Typed Letter Signed to Collin Brooks, editor of the Sunday Dispatch, outlining a proposed article on 'Nazi rule in Germany'.

C. E. M. Joad [Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad] (1891-1953), English philosopher and radio broadcaster, whose career ended in disgrace [Collin Brooks (1893-1959), ournalist and Fleet Street editor]
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On letterhead of 4 Easrt Heath Road, Hampstead, N.W.3. [London] 25 September 1939.
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1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Signed 'Cyril Joad'. Written in the same month as Britain and France had declared war, the letter begins: 'I don't know whether you are still running the Sunday Dispatch, but if you are, how about an article on the philosophy which underlies the Nazi rule in Germany? Till war broke out one had to soft-pedal one's views of these monstrous ideas, but now that it has come, one can take off the muzzle and say what one likes.' He outlines the 'main heads' of his article: 'theory of the State, theory of the relation of the individual to the State, theory of the whole duty of man, theory of the whole duty of woman, views as to the education of children, views as to the divinity of Hitler, views as to the secret [last word in autograph] mission of Germans, views as to the non-human character of all non-Aryans'. He has compiled a 'list of charming quotations from Nazi writers and speakers on these subjects', and the whole would make a 'keen article, partly amused (e.g. ”Hitler is lonely; so is God. Hitler is like God.”), partly horrified (e.g. “Justice and Hitler's will are one and the same thing.”), and wholly denunciatory.' In an autograph postscript he writes: 'If you are not running the Dispatch, how are you and what are you doing and are you ever at the Savage [Club]?'