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)