The fascism in us all

«… the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us. (…)

The fascisizing elements we all carry deep within us, and yet they often possess a rarely analyzed but overriding group ‘superego’ that leads them to state, much like Nietzsche’s man of ressentiment, that the other is evil (the Fascist! the Capitalist! the Communist!), and hence that they themselves are good.»

– Foucault, preface to “Anti-Oedipus”.

«No, the masses were not deceived, they desired fascism. (…)

Democracy, fascism, or socialism, which of these is not haunted by the Urstaat as a model without equal? (…)

The way in which everything turns fascist or envelops itself in fascism, the way in which it falls back into archaisms.(…)

A group can be revolutionary from the standpoint of class interest and its preconscious investments, but not be so—and even remain fascist and police-like—from the standpoint of its libidinal investments. (…) From the point of view of libidinal investment, it is clear that there are few differences between a reformist, a fascist, and sometimes even certain revolutionaries (…).

The most overt fascism speaks the language of goals, of law, order, and reason.»

– Deleuze, “Anti-Oedipus”


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