I suggest that the word fascist not be used in articles unless the term is actually appropriate, that is, when describing a political system or philosophy that is indeed "fascist."

The most recent egregious use of the term is in the article by Chris F. Reynolds (The Scientist, May 15, 1989, page 13), where he writes of "clerical procedures with an almost fascist precision."

More generally, I suggest that The Scientist adopt a policy of eschewing political code words of all types and to promote the use of clear and accurate language in all articles.

Lafayette, La.

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