Machinic processes vs. modes of production

I’m mainly posting this because I’ve been wallowing around in David Harvey’s Social Justice and the City again and this struck me as related but different in an important way. I can’t say anything intelligent now but I just wanted to get it down in a place where I could find it easily again.

“We define social formations by machinic processes and not by modes of production (these on the contrary depend on the processes). Thus primi- tive societies are defined by mechanisms of prevention-anticipation; State societies are defined by apparatuses of capture; urban societies, by instru- ments of polarization; nomadic societies, by war machines; and finally international, or rather ecumenical, organizations are defined by the encompassment of heterogeneous social formations.”

(A Thousand Plateaus, 435)

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