War machine & the State

From my ongoing reading of some of the material Deleuze and Guattari cite in the war machine and apparatus of capture plateaux.

“Occa­sionally a chief accepts running that risk and attempts to put his personal interest ahead of the collective interest. Reversing the normal relationship that determines the leader as a means in the service of a socially defined end, he tries to make society into the means for achieving a purely private end: the tribe in the service of the chief and no longer the chief in the service of the tribe. If it “worked,” then we would have found the birthplace of political power, as force and violence; we would have the first incarnation, the mini­mal form of the State. But it never works” (Clastres, Society Against the State, 209).

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