If capitalism wants to continue to exist in the history of mankind, then the history of mankind has to become a site of total violence, because only violence is decisive. Beginning in 1977, the word ‘competition’ becomes the crucial term for economists. I don’t know if economics can be considered a science. I don’t think it can. I think it is a technology. It is a technology whose aim is the transformation of time into labor, and labor-time into value, and the transformation of our relation with nature into one of scarcity, need, and consumption.
But since 1977, the project of the science of economics (or technology, I don’t know) is the submission of human relationships to one single goal: competition, competition, competition. Now ‘competition’ has become a natural word, a normal word. This is not right, because ‘competition’ means violence, war.
This is the meaning of competition. Otherwise, you forget the meaning of words. You forget that competition equals war. Deleuze and Guattari, in A Thousand Plateaus, try to define fascism, and they say: fascism is when a war machine is hidden in every niche, when in every nook and in every cranny of daily life a war machine is hidden. This is fascism.
So I would say neoliberalism is the most perfect form of fascism, in terms of Deleuze and Guattari’s definition. Competition is the concealment of a war machine in every niche of daily life: the kingdom of competition is fascism perfected.”